ZURICH: Fresh corruption claims dogged Fifa yesterday, only two days before it picks the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, as Olympics chiefs vowed to probe one of their own officials caught up in the allegations.
A report by the BBC late Monday alleged three committee members – Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, African football chief Issa Hayatou and South America’s Nicolas Leoz – received secret payments from a marketing firm over a decade ago.
The new allegations come only weeks after Fifa suspended two other executive committee members following report on vote buying opportunities in the bidding process.
Following the allegations, the IOC said on Tuesday that it would examine any evidence of corruption.
The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International called on Fifa to postpone the bidding contest “until full light is shed on the allegations”.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2010.