Hayatou denies allegations
Issa Hayatou (AFP)
Cairo - Issa Hayatou, head of the African Football Confederation (CAF) and
vice-president of FIFA, has "categorically" denied allegations in
Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that he received gifts and money to
support Qatar's bid for the 2022 Soccer World Cup.
The newspaper claimed
it had obtained millions of documents which they say show Qatari former
FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments
totalling around $5 million to football officials in return for votes
A statement released by CAF said the allegations
against Cameroonian Hayatou were "fanciful", "ridiculous" and formed
part of a "smear campaign" against him.
"Issa Hayatou has denied
categorically the allegations of corruption published by the UK Sunday
Times in its edition of 1st June 2014," the statement said.
"Mr Hayatou will not allow journalists once again to attack his integrity and reputation.
"Such allegations are meant to discredit not only him as a person but the whole continent."
organisers of the 2022 World Cup have "vehemently" denied accusations
their successful bid was corrupt, saying Bin Hammam played no "official
or unofficial" role in the bid.
FIFA have referred all questions
about the newspaper allegations to the independent "Ethics Committee"
led by American lawyer Michael Garcia.
Hayatou is also a member of
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was reprimanded by that
body in 2011 for receiving 100,000 French francs from FIFA's
scandal-ridden former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure
The IOC accepted that he was not member of the Olympic movement at the time of the offence in 1995.
67-year-old former athlete, who has held his post as the head of
African football since 1987, was also accused by the Sunday Times of
corruption relating to the 2022 World Cup vote in 2011.
2011, the CAF president is waiting for the famous evidence from the
Sunday Times and reserves the right to take legal action against any of
those responsible for the smear campaign against him," the statement