PtG Article 06.12.2010

FIFA faces fresh corruption charges

FIFA faced new bribery claims this Sunday after a whistle-blower accused two FIFA Executives of striking deals worth $1.5 million for their votes ahead of last week's contest to host the World Cup.

The whistle-blower, a former employee of one of the bid teams, was present at meetings this year when offers of cash for votes were allegedly made. "It was basically money for their votes," said the whistle-blower.

Ivan Lewis, the minority Labour Party spokesman for culture, media and sport in the UK, said he would write to FIFA highlighting the claims.

"These allegations are very serious, and FIFA now has a clear choice to launch an independent investigation with anyone found guilty thrown out of football, or face the fact that its authority as the governing body of football is no longer credible," he said.

SOURCE: New York Post