FIFA Cash For Vote latest: The mess continues
So far we hear that Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii have been suspended provisionally by FIFA pending further investigations and i hope they are excluded from voting in December. This will restore some credibility FIFA needs right now.
Adamu granted the BBC an interview denying the allegations but i really don’t know what is expected of him at this point in time. He is never going to admit any error in judgment, rather try to wriggle out of the corner he boxed himself into. It is really not in the character of people like him in our sports to own up and say sorry for a mistake, that is if it were one.
The Tahitian guy started with an apology, that he made an error of judgment and still believes he has his integrity intact. That i cant say. Requesting for $2.3m is a calculated attempt and there is no ignorance to law, meaning he cannot claim ignorance to FIFA laws.
In addition to these men, CAF have a lot to bother about with the provisionally suspension of more men representing the African continent by FIFA’s ethics panel, four former executive committee members: Tunisian lawyer Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite of Mali, Botswana’s Ismail Bhamjee and Ahongalu Fusimalohi (Non CAF) from Tonga.
CAF have been quiet and it is disturbing. A body with its integrity at stake keeping mute is pretty amazing. do i hear that they are all the same, or how many people really represent CAF that the continent has about 4 (four) tainted in this mess?
FIFA have a lot to deal with considering the latest news on about Qatar, Spain/Portugal coming from another undercover job by journalists as played on former FIFA Gen Secretary Zen Ruffinen . UK’s Sunday Times posted the film in which he Zen, suggested that 2018 bidder Spain/Portugal and 2022 hopeful Qatar had struck a deal to exchange votes.
This is totally damaging and unprecedented although FIFA may have a way of discrediting Zen but it is very clear to onlookers and stakeholders alike that FIFA needs to get to the bottom of this or else the announcements expected in December on who would host both the 20018 and 2011 World Cups will not be credible. Then, it would have been heavily compromised.
I however believe FIFA will redeem its name and clear these allegations by making sure the two gentlemen do not participate in voting and if confirmed, nullify the bids of Qatar and Spain/Portugal.
There is obviously a possible backlash for England as they can be seen as having caused a lot of headache and trying to box the world body into a corner.
I personally support the right thing, in this case the exposition of those that have tried to undermine the process. I always wish we could have hidden cameras everywhere to frustrated illegalities.
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