Two More ExCo Members Ensnared in FIFA Investigations

June 17, 2011

A FIFA investigation into allegations of corruption has ensnared a further two Executive Committee members linked to the recent Presidential election that saw Joseph Blatter re-elected for a fourth term.

The probe is thought to have been extended to Worawi Makudi of Thailand, one of those accused by Lord Triesman earlier in the year of asking for bribes in exchange for World Cup 2018 votes, and Sri Lanka’s Manilal Fernando.

It is thought that both members may have accompanied former Presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam on his trip to the Caribbean, though reports of any wrongdoing on their part are unknown.

Bin Hammam and Jack Warner, the head of the CONCACAF, were last month provisionally suspended from football activities following allegations that Caribbean voters had been offered $40,000 bribes during the Presidential campaign.

FIFA recently hired Louis Freeh, a former FBI director, to head the evidence-gathering team looking into the claims. His group was said to be working under the supervision of Robert Torres, the FIFA Ethics Committee member from Guam.