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FIFA-CONCACAF corruption revealed

May 19, 2002

By Jamie Trecker SportsTicker Contributing Editor

FOXBORO, Massachusetts (Ticker)--

The imbroglio over corruption in the FIFA offices has grown daily since the media obtained copies of Michel Zen-Ruffinen's infamous 21-page report, which opened the doors of FIFA House in an unprecedented manner.

In the document, the general secretary made a number of serious allegations against FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter and singled out CONCACAF -- the governing body for North, Central and Carribean America -- as a dirty entity, profiting from FIFA's dwindling coffers.

So far, the charges have resulted in claims and counterclaims. Five of the members of the FIFA executive committee are attempting to prosecute Blatter in the Swiss courts, but the real showdown will take place May 29, when the FIFA congress meets to elect a new president.

Issa Hayatou, Cameroon's African Confederation leader, is the candidate of the "reformers," who actually are the old-line European bloc members. Blatter is standing for re-election. Whoever wins will control this debate.

Clearly, many of the allegations made against Blatter's stewardship are politically motivated, and to some extent the same holds true for the charges leveled against CONCACAF.

CONCACAF has been a solid bloc vote for Blatter. A member nation representative, Alan Rothenberg of the United States, nominated him in the first place, and that support has been both unwavering and rewarded.

But what the report seeks to establish is that, at the very least, some in CONCACAF offices -- most remarkably President Jack Warner -- have used their offices to apparently enrich themselves and to give positions in CONCACAF's halls to relatives.

At the very least, CONCACAF officials appear to have had clear conflicts of interest that remain unsettled to this day.

There also seems to be a grain of truth to Zen-Ruffinen's charge that CONCACAF has used its powers to maintain the status quo. Notably, USSF president Dr. Robert S. Contiguglia refused to comment this month on the newest charges, despite his earlier, on-the-record statements that he would ask for a full explanation at the CONCACAF AGM, which was held in Miami last month.

"Were looking ahead to Korea," said a clearly flustered Contiguglia, when asked his opinion on May 12.

When reminded that the congress would take place before the World Cup kicked off, he walked off, saying, "No comment."

MLS commissioner Don Garber put the ball back in the Fed's court, when asked, saying that "USSF supports CONCACAF and we are under the U.S. Soccer banner."

CONCACAF also has threatened lawsuits against journalists and even member nations (Mexico) who have reported or commented on these allegations.

The animosity became so heated at one point that Zen-Ruffinen filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the Federation and did not attend the CONCACAF AGM meeting, citing concerns over his safety, concerns which Warner hotly rebutted.

Warner did not return repeated calls for comment, but his general secretary, Chuck Blazer, spoke on the record freely to defend his colleague, calling many of the allegations baseless misunderstandings.

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THE ALLEGATIONS:

The charges Zen-Ruffinen has made are:

-- Warner received and was forgiven a loan of $9.2 million -- Warner received the Caribbean broadcast rights to the World Cup for the token sum of $1 and subsequently used a company he owned to profit from the resale of those same rights -- Warner has used his influence to place members of his family in paid positions, such as at the Joao Havelange Center For Excellence -- The GOAL project is really just a pipeline to funnel money to Federations, especially CONCACAF

In addition, CONCACAF has been accused in the past -- from other sources -- of seeking favors in exchange for supporting initiatives.

More recently, it has been learned that Warner was placed on the payroll of a company owned by TEAM/Talk, internetsoccer.com, allegedly in exchange for the Internet broadcast rights to CONCACAF matches.

Blazer has been accused of indiscretions as well.

Several British outlets reported early this year that Blazer was called onto the carpet for working for a technology firm that allegedly was setting up an on-line casino to take bets on the World Cup.

Blatter, when asked about that charge some months ago, confirmed that he had spoken sharply with Blazer about this. Blazer says the story is actually quite different and that he, like CONCACAF and Blatter, is the victim of a smear campaign.

"Don't write that," said Blazer of his links to a gambling site. "I don't have a gambling Web site. (Blatter) called me over a memo I sent him dealing with some issues of interest to our confederation. That was the reason for his late-night call. I asked him to call me at any time."

When told that Blatter had publicly conceded that he had, in fact, called Blazer to discuss the allegations, Blazer said, "This was a technology development company. It was Telewest ITV that have discussed interactive systems and contests.

"No bets would be taken on the World Cup. All those reports were extensions of the truth and figments of the imagination."

But some of the charges are not, in fact, figments.

A call placed to the Joao Havelange Center revealed that a Mr. Warner did in fact work there, at least according to the person answering the phones. And FIFA already has conceded that Warner did profit from the Caribbean World Cup rights. Warner actually was stripped of those rights as a result earlier this year.


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CONCACAF'S RESPONSE

"Much of the problem with the report is that it is opinion masquerading as fact," said Blazer. "The general secretary is not just doing his job. He appears to be acting politically."

Blazer says the reason CONCACAF was singled out so particularly in the report is because it is a favorite target.

"We were a solid bloc vote for Blatter in 1998, and any break in that would provide votes (to Issa Hayatou, challenger) that otherwise would have gone to Blatter. We are still solid."

Blazer counters that Blatter, as far as CONCACAF sees it, actually is the one fighting against corruption.

"These cries for transparency, I guess that is the new word, have been met since Blatter came in," said Blazer. "Rather than two executive committee meetings, there have been four scheduled. And, in fact, I think six or seven held.

"With regard to (Blatter's) appointments, he did not just choose his allies or friends, he spread things around very broadly. You have Hayatou chairing the Olympic committee, (Lennart) Johansson on the World Cup committee. ... There was a very reasonable distribution. There was no attempt to consolidate a power bloc.

"Also, when I think about budgets, we used to see a budget and then there was a few minutes of discussion before it passed. On March 8, budgets were given out with 67 pages of overheads and key accounts and the ISL/ISMM issue. Unfortunately, people did not want to hear about it."

According to Blazer, the reason CONCACAF supports Blatter is clear -- the president supports programs dear to CONCACAF.

"We have seen so much more from FIFA and so much more information," he said. "When we started the GOAL program, it was very hard to get it off the ground. It was held up for a year. And now that it is going, we are seeing rewards from the wealth and monies that FIFA has garnered.

"The fact is, these things -- building fields, etc. -- are good for the members. This is not buying votes, these are tangible rewards, with real money and real fields being built. It is a shame to see this kind of thing tarnished."

Blazer also says that Europe would not support these programs, and there he may have a point. It is true that from Trinidad to Barbados to Jamaica, new fields and new facilities have been built, and that CONCACAF looks the better for it.

Blazer also says that UEFA would not support the Club Championships or the Confederations Cup.

"UEFA has been an obstacle," Blazer said bluntly. "To us, this is simple, and I have fought with (Johansson) over this."

Yet, the matter of the $9.2 million loan to Warner does seem dubious.

"Warner received nothing," claims Blazer. "That money was a sum for the Center For Excellence, and we had to forgo our annual $2.3 million grant from FIFA as well. That was just a matter of getting it in a lump sum to build the facility."

One area where Blazer does not contest Zen-Ruffinen is in the figures, which show that FIFA is short an astonishing amount of money.

"Yeah, they are correct," Blazer said.

But Blazer claims that the severity of the problems are magnified by the way that FIFA accounts for its cash.

"FIFA uses a cash-accrual system of accounting, as opposed to the IAS (International Audit Standard) system, which it will switch to in 2003," he said. "As a result, the numbers seem more shocking than they are.

"Yes, the numbers add up, but they are not correctly compared because of the difference in the two methods. And any look at a one-year slice is misleading. They are comparing numbers not met in the budget, as opposed to actual losses."

Blazer also notes that the failure of ISL/ISMM is hardly FIFA's fault, and that 9/11 changed business for many.

"After that, a lot of businesses took a hit, not just us," he said.


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POLITICS AS USUAL?

Blatter, like his predeccessor, Havelange, has made his his power base by courting the so called "lesser" confederations, like CONCACAF.

Both men, as a result, have dramatically changed the face of the game, unquestionably making it more global.

However, Europe's salvos against CONCACAF are understandable. Europe still is responsible for the lion's share of the money flowing into FIFA, and that will not change any time soon.

There is no question that there have been some murky dealings on both sides of the political fence. Zen-Ruffinen has been censured as a result of the report and removed from his position and ordered not to talk to the media. Blatter, Warner and CONCACAF, however, remain on the hot seat.

While it seems right now as if Blatter will win re-election, the genie is out of the bottle. Rumors of sloppy organization have swirled around CONCACAF for years, and these charges are proving much harder to bury than in the past. Blatter may well win, but the business will have to change.

The END ...................................

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J Blatter does get the Yeah !! for another 4 years....The WC 2002 Edition is going to rack-up some never seen before profits for FIFA.....
Let's see him and his co-horts account for every single cent after the Cup is done and over with.


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