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SBD Global/July 18, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
FIFA Names Ethics Committee, Bribe Payments To Be Examined
Published July 18, 2012
BRIBES PROBED: BLOOMBERG's Tariq Panja reported that Blatter responded to a question about whether the new committee will probe the '10 decision to award the World Cup to Russia and Qatar, which came "ahead of a field" that included the U.S. and Australia. Blatter said, "We have to follow what they are going to find out whenever they are going to open the cases" (BLOOMBERG, 7/17). The BBC reported that the payment of millions of pounds in bribes to two FIFA officials is to be "examined by the organisation's new ethics committee." Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira were named as "having received huge sums" by FIFA's former marketing partner ISL. Blatter tweeted, "On my request, ISL file will be given to the new ethics committee" (BBC, 7//17).