FIFA Bribing Scandals Build as Germany Calls for Resignations
Bundesliga president Reinhard Rauball and DFB chairman Wolfgang Niersbach have called for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign if not take action against former head Joao Havelange for accepting bribes in the past.
Havelange and other FIFA officials stand accused of accepting millions from marketing agency International Sport and Leisure during the 90’s. The marketing partner eventually collapsed in 2001 under a $300 million debt. Blatter insists he is powerless to enact retribution due to the fact that these types of payments were in fact legal in Switzerland during the 1990’s. Nevertheless German football officials are demanding Blatter step down for his connection with the scandal.
Blatter went on to staunchly deny accusers that he himself had taken bribes. “Now it is on record what I have always said: I have never taken nor received any bribes … the people who attack me now know this is the case but still they persist. They want me out.” He went on to state, “The Swiss Federal Court has this week proven wrong all those people, who for years have accused me of having taken bribes.”
Bribery scandal had also been a hot topic during the 2011 World Cup bid for the event to take place in Qatar. At the time FIFA vice president, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast had allegedly accepted $1.5 million from Qatar. As many as 5 other FIFA officials were involved in such bribery scandals for World Cup bids during the same period.