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When sports becomes a business: Havelange took $1.5M in bribes

Português: Ex-presidente da FIFA, João Havelange

Português: Ex-presidente da FIFA, João Havelange (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Swiss court: Former FIFA president Havelange took $1.5M in bribes

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange and fellow Brazilian sports chief Ricardo Teixeira pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from a collapsed marketing company, documents released by a Swiss court Wednesday revealed.

Havelange received at least 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.53 million) while Teixeira, who was at one time his son-in-law, was paid at least CHF 12.4 million ($12.64 million).

The backhanders, made by International Sport and Leisure (ISL), were detailed in a judgment by Switzerland’s supreme court, which was also published on the official FIFA website.

ISL, a former official marketing partner for FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was made bankrupt in 2001 with estimated debts of around $300 million, but the fallout from that collapse has reverberated around the world of sport.

Havelange, who is now 96, stepped down as president of football’s world governing body in 1998 after 24 years at the helm, but is still an honorary FIFA president.

He resigned as a member of the IOC last December, citing ill health, just a few days before it was due to sanction him after a probe by its own ethics committee into payments by ISL to leading officials.

Teixeira was forced to quit his position on FIFA’s executive committee and stand down as head of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup organizing committee earlier this year when it became clear the report would be published.

Both had tried to block its publication in the Swiss courts.

Havelange played a key role in bringing the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro when the South American city was awarded the Games in 2009.

He became an IOC member in 1963 and was FIFA president between 1974 and 1998 until Blatter, his longtime secretary general, took charge.

FIFA said Wednesday it was “pleased” the documents had been made public and on its website highlighted the fact Havelange and Teixeira had been named while its current president, Sepp Blatter, was not.

“The decision of the Swiss Federal Court also confirms that only two foreign officials will be named as part of the process and that, as previously communicated by the Prosecutor of Zug in June 2010, the FIFA President is not involved in the case (‘no Swiss person involved’),” read FIFA’s statement.

Those sort of criminals are the worst striving over the landscape. They just steal for greed when in fact they do not need it as they have plenty.

Honesty is what is missing on government, institutions, leadership, etc.

Just pay attention: The worst scam are those ones stealing for greed when they are already very rich.

This is the recipe China is using for fast growing, sending to death penalty those corrupt people that derail the country. China sends 20 to 30 corrupt criminals do death penalty every year.

The worst criminals on earth just use pens and not guns!

These guys, John Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira do deserve capital punishment to make it example about the importance of honesty.

Brazil would grow like China if we treated corrupt people like they do.

This corruption in Switzerland was bred in Brazil since we not only export the best players in the world as also the most corrupt managers.

Football and corruption in Brazil flourish with the tropical heat!


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