A BBC television documentary today accuses three FIFA officials of taking bribes in the 1990’s just as these same three FIFA executives prepared to decide who holds the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.
Implicated are Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and head of South America’s soccer federation, Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil and head of that country’s 2014 Games and Issa Hayatou who represents the soccer interests of African nations. These same individuals are part of the Executive Committee of FIFA that will decide this Thursday where the 2018 games are held.
The documentary alleges $10 million in bribes were taken over a ten year period with the majority of those funds going to Teixeira. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has declined to comment on the allegations. While other soccer organizations are calling for Thursday vote to be postponed until a complete investigation is done.