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SBD Global/July 13, 2012/International Football
FIFA Told Investigators That Bribes 'Were Part Of The Salary' For Officials
Published July 13, 2012
BLATTER TAKES HEAT: In London, David Conn reported that FIFA President Sepp Blatter “faces calls” to step down following his admission that he knew Havelange pocketed "commissions" for awarding World Cup TV deals to ISL. In official statements on FIFA's website, Blatter acknowledged he was "P1," the unnamed FIFA official revealed in a Swiss court document to have known a CHF 1M ($1.1M) payment from ISL was for Havelange. But Blatter said that not only that “he has no intention of resigning over his inaction despite knowing Havelange and Teixeira had pocketed commissions, but that he does not consider he has done anything wrong.” Confirming that "P1" is him, Blatter said that the commissions were not criminal at the time they were paid – between ‘92 and ‘01. Blatter: "You can't judge the past on the basis of today's standards. Otherwise it would end up with moral justice" (GUARDIAN, 7/12).
CHANGE OF CULTURE: REUTERS' Brian Homewood reported that a leading anti-corruption watchdog said that FIFA needs to "change the culture within the organisation and not just introduce new committees if it is to successfully battle corruption in its ranks." Transparency Int'l Senior Adviser on Sport Sylvia Schenk said, "It shows once again that it is not about working on structure and having better rules, it's about the culture and spirit and FIFA has not yet begun to work on that." Schenk added: "It showed the culture and spirit that was prevalent within FIFA until only last year, when there was a small change. It was accepted that officials had taken money and received money in a way which was contradictory to their own obligations towards FIFA" (REUTERS, 7/12).