POSTED: May 11th 2011

IOC member Hayatou faces new attack over FIFA World Cup payments

Issa Hayatou: long-serving president of the African Football Confederation and IOC member / lake images
Issa Hayatou: long-serving president of the African Football Confederation and IOC member / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

GENEVA, May 11: Issa Hayatou, the Cameroon IOC member who is president of the African Football Confederation, is back under attack over FIFA World Cup bidding payments.

Hayatou is already under investigation by the IOC after the BBC's Panorama programme alleged, last November, that he had received commercial kickbacks via a secret Liechtenstein bank accounts from FIFA's then marketing partner ISL.

Yesterday he was named during a British parliamentary inquiry into the governance of English football. A Conservative MP, Damian Collins, put into evidence allegations raised originally by The Sunday Times during its inquiry into vote-rigging ahead of last December's awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups (to Russia and Qatar respectively).

Collins said: "The Sunday Times' submission, and this is to be published by us later, claims that $1.5m [£916,000] was paid to Fifa executive committee members Issa Hayatou and Jacques Anouma who went on to vote for Qatar."

Hayatou has led CAF since 1988 while Ivory Coast's Anouma has been on the confederation's executive committee for the last four years. 

CAF has issued a statement in which Hayatou denies the allegations, describing them as "pure invention."  The statement added: "[Issa Hayatou] will not let journalists, whose work consists of creating and selling falsehoods, attack his person . . .  and "reserves the right to bring to justice the people responsible for this campaign of discrediting him."

The information submitted by the parliamentary inquiry also claimed that Qatar, who won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, employed an African fixer with close connections to Hayatou to arrange deals for votes.

'Financial deals'

The statement read: "In Cairo, [former FIFA general secretary Michel] Zen Ruffinen introduced the reporters to an acquaintance called Amadou Diallo. Zen Ruffinen claimed that Qatar was using Diallo to arrange financial deals with the African members in exchange for World Cup votes.

"Further inquiries established that Diallo had been employed by the Qatar bid and was also the "charge de mission" (chief assistant) to Issa Hayatou."

Last November FIFA's ethics committee banned Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii and four former exco members for breaching regulations.

The BBC's seperate claims against Hayatou last year were based on an ISL list which also noted payments to other FIFA executive and IOC members.

Hayatou later responded that he did receive 100,000 French francs from ISL in 1995 but that the money was used towards the CAF's 40th anniversary celebrations and was unconnected with the awarding of contracts for the sale of World Cup TV rights.

He said: "This money was not for me it was for the 40th anniversary of CAF. At that time ISL was the sponsor of CAF and it gave the money to CAF and not to me. The executive committee of CAF accepted it and approved it."

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