November 28 -Recent revelations on the FifaGate scandal trial in New York have heaped extra undesirable publicity on 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar with the previous president of Colombia’s federation testifying sports activities advertising and marketing government advised him that as much as $15 million in bribe cash was probably obtainable for South American officers to again Qatar’s bid.
Taking the witness stand because the trial of three indicted former South American powerbrokers started its third week, Luis Bedoya mentioned he was launched through Mariano Jinkis, who ran the Full Play sports activities advertising and marketing Group, to a Qatari tv consultant throughout a gathering in a Madrid resort forward of the 2010 Champions League ultimate. Bedoya mentioned he couldn’t recall the title of the Qatari.
He additionally divulged element of a bribe from sportswear large Nike in a bid for them to take over the Colombian nationwide staff equipment deal. In the end the deal stayed with Adidas, who didn’t supply a bribe.
Bedoya was a former member of the FIFA government committee who was banned for all times in Might final yr for breaching 5 articles of FIFA’s ethics code, and is now testifying as a key authorities witness within the trial of Jose Marin (Brazil), Manuel Burga (Peru) and Juan Angel Napout (Paraguay) who’ve all pleaded not responsible to prices of fraud and money-laundering.
Bedoya has a sentencing date for his personal case – he has admitted to taking bribes – set for January 2018. He mentioned that he was paid $10,000 month-to-month by the Colombian Soccer Federation, $20,000 a month from CONMEBOL, and $25,000 month-to-month by FIFA. He additionally advised the courtroom he took an estimated $three million in bribes.
The courtroom heard, by a translator that he had travelled to Madrid in Might 2010 to look at the ultimate of the Champions League and was approached at a resort by an unnamed “important person from Qatari television”
Bedoya claimed that after the Qatari left, Jinkis said that Qatar was searching for South American assist and that “he could ask for $10 million or $15 million and he could divide it up between all of the people in the group of six.”
The “group of six” was a reference to presidents of six federations – Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela – at Conmebol, which at the moment included each Bedoya and Napout.
Whereas not one of the six have been amongst those that voted for 2018 and 2022, Jinkis reportedly mentioned the Qataris needed to affect South America’s three voters: Julio Grondona of Argentina, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil.
Regardless of the discussions, Bedoya mentioned, not one of the officers took the matter any additional and the cash didn’t receives a commission. “That is too complicated, you shouldn’t get into it,” Napout advised the group, in response to Bedoya.
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