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IOC Latest To Request FIFA Release Doc With Officials' Names Who Received Payments
Published November 3, 2011
Investigators from the IOC are "among those seeking to force Fifa to publish a secret dossier detailing payments to its senior members over the award of lucrative World Cup contracts during the 1990s," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. The prosecutor "confirmed that the High Court had received a third application, from the IOC, for the disclosure of the criminal files relating to the collapse of International Sports and Leisure (ISL), Fifa’s marketing partner." The first two requests were made by a Swiss journalist and the BBC, alleging that "three Fifa executive members had received payments from ISL in the $100 million (about £63 million) bungs scandal." It is unclear "if the IOC will be in a position to make a decision on sanctions in the event that a breach of its ethics code is proved." It may "decide to wait a week for Fifa’s executive committee meeting in Tokyo, where Sepp Blatter, the president -- also an IOC member -- has promised to release the ISL documents in full as part of a wider reform of Fifa." It is Blatter's "stated intention to publish the document, which names senior IOC and Fifa members." IOC President Jacques Rogge said that he "'applauded the intention' to release the documents" (LONDON TIMES, 11/3).