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Fifa: Focus on men at centre of corruption claims

Fifa

By Frank Keogh

Members of Fifa are under scrutiny after new corruption claims.

The allegations mean a third of football's world governing body executive committee - eight of the 24 members - have been accused of acting improperly, and in some cases taking bribes, in relation to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman told a House of Commons select committee that the behaviour of Jack Warner, Worawi Makudi, Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz was "below what would be ethically acceptable".

Triesman was speaking with the benefit of parliamentary privilege, which protects him from being sued for libel, although Warner dismissed the claims as "nonsense".

Meanwhile, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee said it would publish Sunday Times claims that Issa Hayatou and Jacques Anouma were paid $1.5m (£920,000) by the successful Qatar 2022 bid.

Last year bans were handed out to two Fifa members - Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii.

Here, we profile the men at the centre of some extraordinary claims surrounding the 2018 tournament (awarded to Russia) and the 2022 event (Qatar).

'THE TRIESMAN FOUR'

Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago) Age: 68

Jack Warner

Made headlines in a club against country war of words with then-Sunderland manager Roy Keane over Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Dwight Yorke in 2008.

A real estate developer who spent 24 years as a history lecturer, Warner has been president of Concacaf - which covers north and central American plus Caribbean football - since 1990.

He was an early critic of England's 2018 bid, though he was delighted to welcome former captain David Beckham to the Under-17 Women's World Cup final in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2010.

Seen as crucial to England's chances, he rubbished claims made by the BBC's Panorama programme on the eve of the 2018 vote in December that he procured World Cup tickets destined for the black market.

Triesman says: Wanted cash to build an education centre and money channelled through him to ensure it was "appropriately spent". Also alleged to have asked for £500,000 to buy World Cup TV rights for the earthquake-hit nation Haiti, and assurances that he would own those TV rights.

Warner says: "I've never asked Triesman nor any other person, Englishman or otherwise, for any money for my vote at any time."


Ricardo Teixeira (Brazil) Age: 63

Ricardo Terra Teixeira

Boss of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Teixeira is on track to have completed more than 25 years in charge when his country hosts the 2014 World Cup.

Married Lucia, a daughter of former Fifa president Joao Havelange, but the couple divorced in 1997 after nearly 30 years of marriage.

Teixeira has been on the executive committee of Fifa for 16 years.

One of three executive committee members - along with Warner - who were featured in the BBC Panorama programme which examined claims of bribery in the 1990s.

Triesman says: In a conversation about Brazil's then president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Teixeira commented: "Lula is nothing - you come and tell me what you have for me." Triesman accepts the Brazilian's statement was ambiguous.

Teixeria indicated legal action could be taken against Triesman over the "the absurd comments" which he said attempted to hide "his failure in leading the English candidacy".


Worawi Makudi (Thailand) Age: 59

Worawi Makudi

President of the Thailand FA, Makudi was criticised in late 2009 when the national team failed to reach the semi-finals of the South East Asia Games for the first time in 26 years.

He has been a key figure in appointing Englishmen as coaches of the Thai side in recent years and helped pave the way for the team to host Leicester City - under new manager Sven-Goran Eriksson - in an exhibition match in October 2010 which the Foxes won 2-0.

Peter Reid, now the Plymouth boss, was in charge of Thailand for a year until September 2009 before former England and Manchester United captain Bryan Robson took over.

England had agreed to travel to Thailand in June 2011 for a friendly match, which would have been the first meeting between the two countries at international level, but the fixture was later cancelled.

Triesman says: Makudi wanted to be given the TV rights to the game: "I said TV rights should go to the federation of the country staging the game; that was what was believed was the critical thing to making the arrangement a success."


Nicolas Leoz (Paraguay) Age: 82

Nicolas Leoz

President of Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation, for more than 20 years.

A former sports journalist, lawyer and part-time history professor.

When asked to name his most memorable or important match, he plumped for Argentina's 2-1 win over England in the 1986 World Cup. The match was famous for Diego Maradona's controversial 'Hand of God' goal.

One of three executive committee members who were featured in the BBC Panorama programme which examined claims of bribery in the 1990s.

Triesman says: Leoz asked for a knighthood: "I said it was completely impossible and we do not operate like that and he just shrugged and walked away".

THE QATAR CONNECTION

Issa Hayatou (Cameroon)
Age: 64

Issa Hayatou

Hayatou was released from hospital after being taken ill at a conference in Cairo in October.

He has been the president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) for 23 years and was a member of the organising committee for the 2010 World Cup.

The former PE teacher lost out to Blatter when he put himself forward for the Fifa top job in 2002.

Hayatou caused controversy when Caf banned Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations after they withdrew from the 2010 tournament following an attack on their team bus which killed two officials. The ban was later lifted.

He is one of three executive committee members who were featured in the BBC Panorama programme which examined claims of bribery in the 1990s.

Allegations published by the Commons select committee name him as receiving $1.5m (£920,000) to vote for Qatar.

Qatar's bid team issued a statement which said: "We categorically deny these allegations."


Jacques Anouma (Ivory Coast) Age: 59

Jacques Anouma

Anouma replaced Ousseynou Dieng as chairman of the Ivory Coast Football Federation following the team's poor performance at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.

He helped oversee the investigations after 19 fans died when a wall collapsed as Ivory Coast beat Malawi 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in March 2009.

A member of the Fifa executive committee since 2007.

Allegations published by the Commons select committee name him as receiving $1.5m (£920,000) to vote for Qatar.

Qatar's bid team said: "We have nothing to hide and are prepared to support and cooperate with any further investigations and will be happy to counter any allegations from whistleblowers with real evidence."

BANNED PAIR

Amos Adamu (Nigeria) Age: 58

Armos Adamu

BANNED FROM FOOTBALL ACTIVITY FOR THREE YEARS

President of the West African Football Union, Adamu was one of two Fifa members at the centre of vote-selling allegations in a Sunday Times investigation.

A former teacher who played and coached volleyball, he was executive director of the 2003 All Africa Games.

Outspoken on Nigerian football issues, he labelled his country's football federation "absurd" in May 2010 for replacing Shaibu Amodu with Swede Lars Lagerback as national coach for the World Cup.

When the team were knocked out in the group stage, a row erupted over federation elections which saw Fifa suspend Nigeria from international competition because of government interference.

He is challenging his one-year ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Reynald Temarii (Tahiti)
Age: 44 Lives: Tahiti

Reynald Temarii

BANNED FROM FOOTBALL ACTIVITY FOR ONE YEAR

One of the two Fifa officials at the centre of vote-selling allegations by the Sunday Times.

A native of Tahiti, he broke new territory in 2004 by becoming the first Pacific Islander to be president of the Oceania Football Confederation.

The organisation, based in New Zealand, covers nations including Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Fiji.

He is a former professional footballer for FC Nantes and as a child supported another French club, St Etienne, and Liverpool.

'THE INCORRUPTIBLES'

Lord Triesman named several Fifa members as being "completely incorruptible".

They were: Junji Ogura (Japan), Chung Mong-Joon (Korea), Uefa president Michel Platini (France) and Senes Erzik (Turkey). He said English Fifa vice-president Geoff Thompson's behaviour is "always pristine".



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