FIFA: FBI probing Sepp Blatter role in $100m bribery scandal

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Baku, December 7, AZERTAC

The FBI is investigating the role played by Fifa president Sepp Blatter in a $100m (£66.2m) bribes scandal, a BBC investigation has discovered.

Sports marketing company ISL paid a total of $100m to officials including former FIFA president Joao Havelange and ex-Fifa executive Ricardo Teixeira.

In return, ISL was granted lucrative television and marketing rights throughout the 1990s.

Blatter denied knowing about the bribes and took no action.

He even allowed Teixeira to take part in the notorious vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Blatter, who says he will stand down as head of football's world governing body in February 2016, declined to respond to any allegations put to him.

The 79-year-old is serving a provisional 90-day suspension from FIFA and faces a hearing with the body's ethics judge in mid-December.

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