FIFA has announced that it wishes to speak to 10 Carribean officials in connection with an alleged bribery-for-votes scandal. The total number of Caribbean officials investigated is now 26.
The case originated from a meeting in May in Trinidad and Tobago between candidate to lead FIFA, Mr Mohamed bin Hammam and the president of the Carribean Union, Mr Jack Warner. Mr Bin Hammam allegedly offered $40,000 in bribes to Caribbean soccer officials through Mr Jack Walker in return for votes at the election.
Mr Bin Hammam pulled out of the June election once the alleged corruption was exposed, leaving Mr Sepp Blatter to win unopposed.
News of the expansion of the probe comes weeks after the punishments against the other 16 officials were announced. Those implicated were handed a range of reprimands, bans and fines.
In particular, Mr Bin Hammam was banned for life whilst Mr Warner resigned from soccer and was exonerated by FIFA.
As reported in the November edition of the Corruption Digest, Mr Blatter has set out a “road map” for reform and transparency in the wake of the scandal.