Growing scrutiny over FIFA TV rights deal involving Blatter, Warner
Details emerging from a Swiss broadcaster claim that current FIFA president Sepp Blatter and disgraced former vice president Jack Warner were involved in a scandal over TV rights.
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Swiss outlet SRF published a FIFA contract signed by Blatter in 2005 which showed that the Warner-led Caribbean Football Union had purchased the rights for a combined $600,000.
The rights were then re-sold through a company in his family name to a Jamaica-based broadcaster for a sum believed to be in the region of $20 million.
So you’re probably thinking ‘so what, we all know Warner is corrupt, what’s the big deal?’
Well, after Warner left FIFA following another corruption scandal in 2011 he claimed that FIFA let him control World Cup rights on the cheap in exchange for helping Blatter win presidential elections. This document released by SRF certainly backs up Warner’s numerous claims (which comedian John Oliver has made fun of on numerous occasions) that he has a “tsunami of evidence” against Blatter and numerous members of FIFA’s Executive Committee.
Warner was one of the nine former or current FIFA officials indicted by the U.S. in May for alleged corruption involving leading FIFA officials and business executives.
However, Blatter, who has led FIFA for 17 years but will stand down in February of next year once a new head of world soccer is elected, has not yet been indicted in either the U.S. or Swiss invesitgations into alleged corruption.
Is this the piece of evidence that implicates Blatter?
On Monday, U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch gave a press conference in Zurich alongside her Swiss counterpart Michael Lauber and Lynch said she “anticipates being able to bring additional charges against individuals and entities” as the investigation continues to spread across several continents.