BREAKING: FIFA whistleblower admits executive committee members took bribes to facilitate World Cup bids

first_img1 FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer has admitted executive committee members took bribes to facilitate a number of World Cup bids, including the 1998 and 2010 tournaments in France and South Africa respectively.In a testimony published by the United States Department of Justice, Blazer confessed at least two acts of racketeering took place in relation to the award of football’s primary competition.He said: “I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup.“Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation of the 2010 World Cup.”The American administrator also added that during his association with FIFA and CONCACAF, he took bribes in conjunction with the broadcasting rights of the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003 Gold Cups.The news is the latest in a dramatic week for football’s governing body, after president Sepp Blatter stood down on Tuesday following a corruption scandal that led to the arrest of several FIFA administrators. Last week 14 people were indicted on charges of racketeering and money laundering. Four others had already been charged, including Blazer.The US justice department alleges they accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than 150million US dollars over a 24-year period.The FIFA scandal has led to question marks being placed over the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar, with many commentators suggesting the bidding process for those tournaments should be held again.Qatar World Cup organisers insist the crisis at FIFA will not affect their preparations for the tournament in 2022.A statement from Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said: “The recent events at FIFA will not impact on our preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. With five stadiums currently under construction we are ahead of schedule to deliver on our promises.“Qatar has faced criticism from the moment we won the right to bring this tournament to the Middle East for the first time. We remain committed to using the World Cup as a platform to break down prejudice and misconceptions, while leaving a lasting legacy for our country and the rest of the region.”Blatter’s shock announcement he is to step down as FIFA president continued to reverberate throughout football as South Africa’s sports minister denied the country had paid World Cup bribes.The South African Football Association sent a letter – obtained by Press Association Sport – in 2008 to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke saying that 10million US dollars should be administered directly by Warner, who is currently on bail in Trinidad pending extradition to the United States.South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula said the money – described as a bribe to secure the World Cup for South Africa by a US justice department indictment – was an agreed contribution to support the “African diaspora” in the Caribbean.Mbalula told a news conference: “The money was to support other projects in the diaspora. What we are saying is we did not bribe. We don’t know what compromised individuals say when they are compromised.”Mbalula added that the South African government did not know what had happened to the money.He said: “We don’t know. We can’t account for it. The fact that later they turned gangsters, that is not our problem. We were not sniffer dogs to check everybody’s legitimacy.”Valcke has also protested his innocence.He told France Info radio: “I have nothing to blame myself for and I certainly do not feel guilty so I do not even have to justify my innocence.”South Korea’s former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon said he is considering standing to succeed Blatter.UEFA president Michel Platini, one of the possible candidates to succeed 79-year-old Blatter, has postponed a meeting of European associations in Berlin on Saturday.The Russia 2018 local organising committee praised Blatter for his “enormous contribution” to football at all levels. FIFA last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Top Man United target won’t force move, Chelsea get £100m bid

first_img 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 4 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti predicted Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Crouch scored his 100th Premier League goal in 2017 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest headlines, EXCLUSIVES and transfer stories:Everton FC transfer news: Lucas Digne leaves Barcelona pre-season training camp to seal Toffees moveDanny Drinkwater reportedly heading for Chelsea exit, Crystal Palace and Southampton interestedSam Allardyce predicts no ‘third season disaster’ for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in 2018/19 ALTERED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Thibaut Courtois and Willian are wanted by Real Madrid. TOP WORK IN DEMAND 4 moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Latest Transfer news Everton are set to offer Jordan Pickford a new contract at Everton as they look to secure the long-term future of the England No.1, who has been linked with Chelsea. (The Times)And, at Stamford Bridge, striker Olivier Giroud is planning to fight for his place at Chelsea, despite holding talks with Marseille. (Daily Mail)Aston Villa want to sign West Ham’s 30-year-old winger Robert Snodgrass on another loan deal, having signed the Scot last season on a temporary deal. (Birmingham Mail)Newcastle are in talks with West Brom to sign Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon as the Magpies look to strengthen their forward lline. (Sky Sports) How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Burnley are preparing a £500,000 for Stoke striker Peter Crouch as they bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign. (The Sun)Middlesbrough’s former Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will have a medical with Leeds on Monday before a possible £10m move. (Daily Mail)Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella is set to seal a £3.5m move to Norwegian side Rosenborg after a deal was agreed between the clubs. (Liverpool Echo)Fulham are close to signing defender Alfie Mawson from Swansea, with talks between the clubs at an advanced stage. (Sky Sports) Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Take a look at all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from Saturday’s newspapers and online… targets three-way race smart causal Most Popular Premier League News silverware Chelsea FC transfer news: Real Madrid plotting daring £100m move for Thibaut Courtois AND WillianChelsea transfer news: Maurizio Sarri dismisses Gonzalo Higuain talk, praises Alvaro MorataWatford weighing up whether to sign £26million-rated Liverpool forward Divock OrigiManchester United transfer news: Red Devils plan £35m bid for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Manchester United told they must pay huge wages to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern MunichManchester United transfer news: Juventus plot move to take Paul Pogba back to Serie AChelsea plan shock £30m move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey revealed 4 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star NEW ERA latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY Real Madrid have made Chelsea an opening offer of £100million for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielder Willian as they spend the money generated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus. (Daily Mail)And Chelsea could use the money they get to move for Juventus defender Mattia Caldara rather than the striker Gonzalo Higuain who has previously been linked with the Blues. (Corriere della Sera)Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire is keen on a £65million move to Manchester United but will not force a move and Leicester are reluctant to sell. (Daily Mirror)Napoli are interested in signing wantaway Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian on loan with the option to buy at the end of next season. (Manchester Evening News) Alfie Mawson could move to a Premier League club after relegation with Swansea City. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets last_img read more

Detention of Yechury Raja at Srinagar airport antidemocratic CPIM

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPI(M) on Friday hit out at the government for detaining its general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja at Srinagar airport, saying it was an “anti-democratic” act, which showed the ruling BJP’s “authoritarian face”. The Left leaders had gone to Srinagar to meet CPI(M) MLA Md Tarigami and other party colleagues. “The politburo calls upon the people to protest this anti-democratic act of the BJP government,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “This shows the authoritarian face of the BJP government,” it added. Yechury and Raja had written to Satya Pal Malik on Thursday informing him of their visit and requesting him to facilitate their entry. “Both of us had written to the Jammu and Kashmir governor requesting him that there should be no hurdles for our visit… despite that we have been detained. I wanted to meet my ailing colleague and our comrades who are here,” Yechury told PTI. On Thursday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was detained and sent back to Delhi from the Srinagar airport.last_img read more