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 govt advised him that as much as $15 million in bribe cash was probably out there 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 stated he was launched by way of 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 closing. Bedoya stated he couldn’t recall the title of the Qatari.
He additionally divulged element of a bribe from sportswear big 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 provide a bribe.
Bedoya was a former member of the FIFA govt committee who was banned for all times in Could final 12 months 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 fees 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 stated 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 court docket he took an estimated $three million in bribes.
The court docket heard, by way of a translator that he had travelled to Madrid in Could 2010 to observe 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 acknowledged that Qatar was looking for South American help 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 stated 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 stated, 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 line with Bedoya.
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