FOOTBALL may be known as ”the beautiful game” but off the pitch it has been pock-marked by the dubious dealings of the world governing body, FIFA.In his explosive 2006 book, Foul!: The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals , investigative reporter Andrew Jennings detailed many instances of FIFA bosses abusing their power while seemingly remaining a law unto themselves.Among those in Jennings’s firing line was FIFA vice-president Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago.The controversial West Indian owned a travel company that obtained exclusive rights to Soca Warrior supporters wanting tickets to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.FIFA’s ethics committee found that Warner, who obtained 1774 tickets from Trinidad and Tobago’s official allocation of 10,749, had violated its ethics code on six counts. Unable to discipline Warner, the ethics committee referred the matter to FIFA’s executive committee.However, it took no action against Warner because he had sold his share in the company.As president of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), Warner controls 35 of the 207 votes that FIFA president Sepp Blatter needs for re-election.Blatter is no stranger to scandal himself – bribery allegations surrounded his ascension to the top job in 1998.London newspaper, the Daily Mail , reported that 18 African votes promised to rival candidate Lennart Johansson in the election had instead gone to Blatter after ”Arab backers knocked on hotel doors in the dead of night”.Somalian FA president and African Football Confederation (CAF) vice-president Farah Addo said he was offered money – which he rejected – to switch his vote.”We at CAF had decided to commit all 51 of our votes to Lennart Johansson … then I received a phone call from Somalia’s ambassador to one of the Gulf states,” Addo told the Mail. ”He said, ‘I have a friend who you know who wants to offer you [US] $100,000 to switch your vote – half in cash and the rest in sports equipment. They would send the cash to me or I could go to the Gulf to collect it’.”The night before the election in Le Meridien Hotel in Paris, people were lining up to receive money. Some told me they got $5000 before the vote and the same the next day, after Blatter won.”
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