‘Fifa attempts to block bribery documents’

Last Updated: May 23, 2011, 15:09 PM IST

London: Fifa is attempting to block the release of documents that reveal the identity of two officials who were forced to repay bribes, a news channel reported.

The officials repaid the money in a settlement following a Swiss criminal investigation last year.

But lawyers acting for Fifa are contesting a decision by the Swiss prosecutor in Zug to release details of the agreement.

The settlement relates to bribes paid to senior Fifa officials in the 1990s by sports marketing company International Sports and Leisure (ISL), Panorama said.

The programme named the men concerned as then Fifa president Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira, the leader of Brazilian football.

The Mirror reports that the programme also said it had found evidence that Fifa vice president Jack Warner sold on tickets to the World Cup in Germany 2006 through an intermediary.

The sale of tickets onto the black market is banned under Fifa rules.

Bureau Report