By Aiden Mynott
My friends it is my duty to let you know that a trial has been running for nearly 2 weeks now in the USA. I find it amazing that this trial has generated little if no interest to the media in this country. I understand that its main interest is in the American continent, especially south of Texas, but the implications will be of interest to those of us that love football.
Most of the names will mean little in this part of the world. However the case is about millions of dollars paid as inducements to secure TV contracts. It’s relevance is that it already has mentioned incumbents of FIFA and the 2022 World Cup. It is alleged that the 3 men on trial have been involved in a 24 year scheme involving 150 million dollars. More than 40 people have been charged in this investigation.
The star witness is Alejandro BURZACO the former head of an Argentine sports marketing company. Last week he gave evidence that 22 FIFA executive committee voters took bribes to support Qatar bid. There was a voting pact between Qatar and Spain – Portugal.
He also stated that one defendant a GRANDONA complained he only got 1.5 million dollars while 2 others got 75 million dollars, including Sondro ROSELL a former Nike executive and at the time a President of Barcelona. I’ve always thought if big sponsors threatened to pull out FIFA would have to clean up its act. But this evidence throws a different light on that thinking.
On Wednesday 15th November the star witness named Alejandro DOMINGUEZ who is the current FIFA Finance Committee Chairman. He stated that Alejandro was not a very good successful business man who will probably request a bribe. Also mentioned is Nasser AL-KHELAIFI the owner of PSG and the broadcaster beIN sports, who just happens to be under investigation by the Swiss for suspected bribery over rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cups.
Updated 12:01 - 22 Nov 2017 by Stephen King
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