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FIFA probe an 'embarrassment'

2010-11-30 09:37

London - England's Soccer World Cup bid team has condemned a BBC documentary alleging corruption by three senior FIFA officials as an "embarrassment."

Three days before the World Cup vote, the BBC named executive committee members Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and Issa Hayatou of Cameroon as having allegedly received payoffs from FIFA's former marketing agency.

But England 2018 said in a statement that the "BBC's Panorama did nothing more than rake over a series of historical allegations none of which are relevant to the current bidding process. It should be seen as an embarrassment to the BBC."

England is competing against Russia and joint bids from Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium.

AP

Comments
  • Peter - 2010-11-30 10:53

    Wish the article described exactly what was in the Bbc show, If 'historical" wonder if it means that previous world cup venues are in question.

  • Peter - 2010-11-30 10:54

    Wish the article described exactly what was in the Bbc show, If 'historical" wonder if it means that previous world cup venues are in question.

  • GT - 2010-11-30 11:00

    FIFA sweeping it under the carpet again.

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2010-11-30 11:18

    The FIFA has become a banana republic and just as corrupt. Blatter and all his cronies should be fired and jailed. It is a well known fact that Blatter has been distributing money to secure his re-election, so why are we surprised when the ones serving with him are just as corrupt? These guys digust me and give the beautiful game a bad reputation which it does not deserve.

  • jean - 2010-11-30 11:33

    That is why some Sa's want get into FIFA, they have experience in corruption, lying & stealing, well qualified

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