FIFA executive lineup of 2010 scores highly for bad behavior
GENEVA (AP) In the history of soccer lineups, the 24-man FIFA executive committee of 2010 ranks among the all-time worst for bad behavior.
On Wednesday, two more of the FIFA ExCo team which voted for the 2018-2022 World Cup hosts were formally confirmed as under investigation by the embattled governing body’s ethics committee.
German soccer icon Franz Beckenbauer and FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar of Spain could add to the ranks of 10 who have been banned or are currently suspended from football duty.
Beckenbauer – the only man to captain and coach World Cup-winning teams – and Villar await the verdict of FIFA’s ethics judges, over whether they obstructed former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia’s investigation of the bidding contests, won by Russia and Qatar.
The hard-working ethics committee now has more of the 24 in its sights, including FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor Michel Platini.
Here is how the FIFA rap sheet reads today:
SEPP BLATTER (Switzerland, ExCo service 1998-currently suspended)
Blatter is under criminal investigation by Switzerland’s attorney general for a suspected ”disloyal payment” of $2 million of FIFA money to Platini in 2011. Blatter’s 17-year presidency is on hold to fight a FIFA ethics investigation of the case.
JULIO GRONDONA (Argentina, 1988-2014)
Died in July 2014. Longtime FIFA finance committee chairman implicated in approving $10 million payment through FIFA to Jack Warner in 2008. A U.S. Department of Justice indictment published in May alleges it was a bribe from 2010 World Cup host South Africa.
ISSA HAYATOU (Cameroon, 1990-present )
Interim FIFA President in Blatter’s absence denied claims made at a British Parliamentary hearing in 2011 that he got a seven-figure bribe to vote for Qatar. Reprimanded by the IOC in 2011 for taking cash from FIFA’s then-marketing agency partner in the 1990s.
CHUNG MONG-JOON (South Korea, 1994-2011 )
Would-be FIFA presidential candidate banned for six years by FIFA ethics committee this month. Case arose from Garcia report allegation of undue financial pledges to FIFA members if South Korea won 2022 hosting vote. A billionaire member of family owning World Cup sponsor Hyundai, he is fighting the case.
JACK WARNER (Trinidad and Tobago, 1983-2011)
Banned for life by FIFA ethics committee last month in another Garcia case. Warner’s lengthy FIFA career is littered with allegations of financial wrongdoing.
ANGEL MARIA VILLAR (Spain, 1998-present)
Former Spain international and chair of FIFA legal committee who was openly hostile to Garcia’s authority. Leader of joint Spain-Portugal 2018 bid which Blatter later said had a voting pact with Qatar.
MICHEL PLATINI (France, 2002-currently suspended)
UEFA President and FIFA heir apparent whose presidential campaign has been badly damaged by taking $2 million in uncontracted pay for working as an adviser to his mentor Blatter a decade earlier.
GEOFF THOMPSON (England, 2007-2011)
Maybe most low-key personality among the 2010 ExCo. Untainted by corruption allegations as leading figure in England’s failed 2018 bid.
MICHEL D’HOOGHE (Belgium, 1988-present)
Doctor and long-serving chairman FIFA’s medical committee. Cleared by ethics committee over a painting he accepted from friend on Russian bid team, and how his son later got a job at a sports medicine clinic in Qatar.
RICARDO TEIXEIRA (Brazil, 1994-2012)
Longtime Brazilian football boss resigned in 2012 to avoid FIFA sanctions in a kickbacks scandal involving marketing company ISL and his onetime father-in-law, disgraced former FIFA president Joao Havelange. Now under fresh investigation by ethics committee.
MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM (Qatar, 1996-2011)
Key figure in Qatar’s victory. Then challenged Blatter for FIFA presidency but was banned for life for election bribery. Won his appeal, so FIFA banned him again for financial wrongdoing while Asian Football Confederation president.
SENES ERZIK (Turkey, 1996-present)
Former UNICEF official who says little in public.
CHUCK BLAZER (United States, 1996-2013)
Warner’s business-savvy partner at CONCACAF turned whistleblower on his ally and Bin Hammam in the 2011 bribery case in Trindad. In the fallout, his and CONCACAF’s tax affairs became a federal case that grew into the U.S. indictment, with Blazer as star cooperating witness.
WORAWI MAKUDI (Thailand, 1997-2015)
On 90-day suspension by FIFA ethics committee, apparently over alleged election fraud at his home federation. Longtime Bin Hammam ally who survived previous allegations of wrongdoing.
NICOLAS LEOZ (Paraguay, 1998-2013)
Indicted in the American case on bribery charges, now fighting extradition to the U.S. Resigned as CONMEBOL president in 2013 to avoid FIFA sanctions in the ISL kickbacks case.
JUNJI OGURA (Japan, 2002-2011)
Contender for cleanest reputation among Executive Committee members before leaving when he reached Asia’s age limit of 70.
MARIOS LEFKARITIS (Cyprus, 2007-present)
Loyal to Platini and reportedly followed UEFA leader in switching votes from the U.S. to Qatar. Garcia looked at a 32-million euro (now $36 million) deal by the Lefkaritis family to sell land in Cyprus to Qatari sovereign wealth fund.
JACQUES ANOUMA (Ivory Coast, 2007-2015)
Was financial adviser to former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo who was ousted in 2011. Like Hayatou, denied British lawmakers’ claims he was paid to vote for Qatar.
FRANZ BECKENBAUER (Germany, 2007-2011)
Iconic football player and coach who was head of 2006 World Cup organizers, now denying allegations in Germany of operating slush fund to pay FIFA voters.
RAFAEL SALGUERO (Guatemala, 2007-2015)
Third man of CONCACAF delegation at FIFA, a lawyer who seemed to make little impression.
HANY ABO RIDA (Egypt, 2009-present)
Bin Hammam ally who joined him in Trinidad in 2011 when bribes were paid to Caribbean voters.
VITALY MUTKO (Russia, 2009-present)
Russian sports minister and part of the St. Petersburg group of officials that has followed the rise of Vladimir Putin.
AMOS ADAMU (Nigeria, 2006-2010)
Barred from World Cup votes while serving three-year ban for seeking bribes from undercover Sunday Times reporters posing as lobbyists. Revealed Wednesday to be facing a fresh FIFA ethics investigation.
REYNALD TEMARII (Tahiti, 2004-2010)
Then-FIFA vice president barred from voting while serving a one-year ban for unethical discussions with Sunday Times reporters. Later got eight-year ban for taking 300,000 euros (now $340,000) from Bin Hammam to pay legal fees during the first case.