Volume: 9 Issue: 6
Switzerland's federal sport office (BASPO) has delayed a report into whether the regulations of international sporting federations are adequate or whether legislation is needed until the autumn, following further allegations of corruption involving FIFA.
BASPO was to produce a report this summer on whether legislation is needed to protect Switzerland from being associated with allegations of corruption within international sporting federations, who are headquartered in Switzerland for closely-guarded tax reasons and a perceived exemption to criminal law.
FIFA refused to comment after a report from its Ethics Committee was leaked to the UK press on 22 June, alleging that FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner and former Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed bin Hammam were involved in offering bribes during the FIFA Presidential election. Both were provisionally suspended by FIFA on 29 May following allegations made by Chuck Blazer, General Secretary of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Blazer alleged he had seen Warner - who was President of CONCACAF - and Hammam offer cash for football development projects to delegates at a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union. 'This document is not the Ethics Committee Final Report', read a statement from Warner.
Warner resigned from FIFA two days before the report, dated 17 June, was leaked to the press. FIFA confirmed that 'all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained' in a 20 June press release, however the Ethics Committee's investigation continues. Warner's exoneration means that he is entitled to a FIFA pension, as he served as an Executive Committee member for 28 years. 'Executive Committee members receive pension payments if they have served as a member of the committee for eight or more years', reads FIFA's 2010 Financial Report.
UEFA's Executive Committee said it 'expects to see results within the next three months', read a statement issued following its 17 June meeting. A UK Parliamentary report into FIFA and the World Cup bidding process is due to be published in July and the International Olympic Committee has confirmed that it is investigating allegations made in two BBC Panorama programmes airing in November 2010 and May 2011, after receiving 'supporting documents' from the BBC.