(WFI) Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, may be punished by the International Olympic Committee next month following an ethics probe into bribery allegations relating to the ISL scandal.
Hayatou, an IOC member from Cameroon, has been the subject of an IOC investigation after the allegations were revealed in a BBC Panorama documentary aired last December just prior to the FIFA vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The exposé by BBC investigative journalist Andrew Jennings into “FIFA’s dirty secrets” alleged that Hayatou and two other FIFA Ex-co members – CONMEBOL president Nicolas Leoz and Brazilian football federation chief Ricardo Teixeira – took backhanders in the $100 million scandal involving FIFA’s former marketing partner ISL which collapsed in 2001.
Hayatou was accused of taking 100,000 French Francs (about $20,340). He has always maintained that it was a gift for his confederation.
The IOC’s ethics panel, which has been studying the BBC’s evidence on the scandal, is close to concluding its investigation into the allegations, according to the IOC’s communications director Mark Adams.
“We are expecting the ethics commission to report to the executive board in December,” he confirmed to INSIDER.
It means that IOC president Jacques Rogge and his colleagues may punish Hayatou over the alleged kickbacks. The 65-year-old could be suspended by the IOC Executive Board if its ethics committee finds him guilty of bribery.
The IOC meeting Dec. 7 and 8 comes just one week before the FIFA Executive Committee convenes in Tokyo.
As part of his reforms unveiled last month, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he would reopen the ISL case, which to could confirm that Hayatou and his FIFA colleagues took kickbacks from World Cup television deals.
Blatter has said FIFA will publish 41 pages of court papers about the payments as he part of his clean-up of world football’s governing body.
Yesterday, Rogge insisted Blatter had started out on the right foot in delivering reforms to help restore the image of FIFA which has taken a battering from a spate of corruption allegations over the past year.
“Sepp Blatter promised to deliver and I believe that he is delivering,”
Rogge told AP. “I can only applaud the intention to release documents
that are creating controversy nowadays. I think that is a very good
The cash-for-votes scandal during the FIFA presidential race led to the downfalls of candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and former CONCACAF boss Jack Warner. Nearly a dozen Caribbean football officials face corruption charges for their part in the scandal. About one-third of the 24-man FIFA Ex-Co have either been banned for bribery or faced corruption allegations in the last 12 months.
In September, FIFA backtracked on appointing Hayatou as head of its London Olympics football organising committee after it emerged that he was still subject of an IOC investigation into the BBC Panorama allegations.
But two weeks ago, Hayatou chaired his first GOAL Bureau meeting at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Hayatou replaced the disgraced Bin Hammam who was handed a lifetime ban by FIFA in July following the Qatari’s attempts to bribe Caribbean voters in the FIFA presidential race.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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