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FIFA’s Code of Ethics, Article 3
‘Officials may not abuse their position . . . especially to take advantage of their function for private aims or gains.’
Many people are convinced that it is unrealistic, for example, that a country like England, where the game started and was first organised, or that experienced countries like Italy and France, who have been pillars of FIFA and influential in its problems and in world football affairs for so many years, should have no more than equal voting rights with any of the newly created countries of Africa and Asia.
Although we acknowledge the role played by certain continents in the creation of FIFA, its development and their moral, material and financial contributions, we estimate that democratic rule dictates that all rights and duties that form an international organisation should be the same for all. This is why in the framework of legitimacy, and by following a process consistent with the interests of world football and its unity, a progressive equilibrium of the representation in the heart of FIFA and its competition is required.
Havelange and his former son-in-law Teixeira ''unlawfully used assets entrusted to (them) for (their) own enrichment several times.''
Last month, Blatter said it was a mistake to choose Qatar for the World Cup, forcing Fifa to try to limit the damage.
"Yes, it was a mistake of course, but one makes lots of mistakes in life," said Blatter, Fifa's president,
Source : Guardian newspaper
.....the Sunday Times, based on a massive leak from unnamed sources in Fifa, has assembled a picture of Bin Hammam flying around the world, including on the emir of Qatar's private jet, lobbying for the Qatar 2022 bid, dishing out cash gifts and lavish hospitality, to Warner, Temarii and African football delegates who appeared depressingly keen to take it.
Of the 24 Fifa exco members in December 2010, Temariia and Adamu were suspended; Warner, bin Hammam, Blazer, Leoz and Texeira are all now tainted by corruption allegations, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and the delegates behind other African Exco members are implicated by the Sunday Times.
Blatter himself was exonerated by Fifa because the receipt of commercial bribes was not a crime in Switzerland at the time he knew the money was paid to Havelange.
Source : Guardian website