Suspended FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter is facing a fresh probe from the FBI with the FIFA president having been linked to a $100millio bribery scandal, according to a BBC investigation.
A BBC Panorama documentary, titled ‘Panorama: Fifa, Blatter and Me’ to be aired on Monday, claims sports marketing company ISL allegedly paid ex-FIFA executive Ricardo Teixeira and the former president Joao Havelange.
In return for the payments, ISL was awarded television and marketing rights during the 1990s, but Blatter, who is currently suspended by FIFA, denies all knowledge of the bribes.
According to the Panorama investigation, the FBI is probing payments made from ISL to FIFA and officers have allegedly seen a letter from Havelange that revealed Blatter had “full knowledge of all activities” and was “always apprised” of them.
Blatter is planning to stand down as president of FIFA in February next year after 17 years at the head of football’s world governing body.
The 79-year-old is currently serving a 90-day suspension from FIFA and will appear in front of an ethics committee later this month.
Last Thursday, US attorney general Loretta Lynch announced a further 16 Fifa officials and associates have been indicted as part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the organisation.Sports marketing company ISL paid a total of $100m to officials including former Fifa president Joao Havelange and ex-Fifa executive Ricardo Teixeira.