2 November 2015
One or more of the seven presidential candidates as well as one or more of the 209 heads of national football associations might be indicted by either US or Swiss authorities. The authorities on both sides of the Atlantic expect significant developments from now and the election date of February 2016.
US demand the extradition of Jack Warner, former FIFA vice-president. Two of Warner’s sons turned FBI informants. This led to Justice Department’s indictments and arrests. Warner was responsible for taking a bribe of $10 million from South Africa and redistributing the bribe. The bribe was to let South Africa host the World Cup 2010. Speculation is rife as to what will happen if Warner himself becomes a FBI informant. This is a strong possibility. Many top level heads at FIFA will roll.
UEFA president Michel Platini, a presidential candidate, is facing allegations over taking an irregular payment from former president Sepp Blatter.
Most lauded figurehead of German football, Franz Beckenbauer, has come under a new allegation of facilitating a a financial inducement to Malta before that country voted for Germany to host the 2006 World Cup, ahead of England. Beckenbauer was a legendary professional football player in Germany. He was named European Footballer of the Year twice. He played 103 times for West Germany. He played in three FIFA World Cups. At that time of inducement payment to Malta Beckenbauer was the president of Bayern Munich as well as the head of Germany’s 2006 organising committee.
A deal was struck in June 2000 for Bayern Munich to play against Malta in a friendly match. The deal included a payment of $250,000 to Maltese Football Association. The then president of Maltese FA, Josef Mifsud, voted for Germany to host the 2006 tournament.
German magazine Der Spiegel has accused that that there was €6.7 million slush fund available for buying votes at that time.
The present Maltese FA president, Norman Darmanin Demajo has admitted that Beckenbauer was personally involved in negotiations for the deal for the friendly match in early June 2000.
These new developments may cause further delays in the upcoming election in February 2016.
Switzerland: FIFA election might be derailed
2 November 2015