FIFA opens proceedings against its officials

Oct 18, 2010

FIFA has opened proceedings against two current members of the FIFA Executive Committee to ascertain whether they have violated the FIFA Code of Ethics, and has asked the chairman of the Ethics Committee to act without delay to take all possible steps, including the possibility of provisional measures, should the relevant conditions be met.

Investigations are also ongoing in relation to other FIFA officials who may have been involved in the issue in question.

The World soccer governing body also confirmed that the alleged agreements between member associations would also be a clear violation of the Bid Registration document and the Code of Ethics.

Investigation have also been opened into the member associations in question as well as their Bid Committees.

FIFA asked the chairman of the Ethics Committee to act without delay to take all possible steps, including the possibility of provisional measures, should the relevant conditions be met.

Reporters from The Sunday Times posed as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies who wanted to bring the tournament to the United States.

Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii allegedly asked for payments. 

Adamu, who serves as a Fifa executive committee member, allegedly said he wanted $800,000 (£500,000) to build four artificial football pitches, which is against FIFA rules.

Nigerian Adamu, who is president of the West African Football Union, replied: "Obviously, it will have an effect. Of course it will. Because certainly if you are to invest in that, that means you also want the vote.”

Temarii from Tahiti, the president of the Oceania Football Confederation, is also alleged to have asked for a payment, in his case to finance a sports academy.