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American lawyer Garcia was unable to get to the bottom of what Blatter knew prior to the ISL bankruptcy, the president having admitted he had been made aware in 1997 of a £625,000 payment intended for Havelange which he claimed he “did not suspect” had been a bribe.


Havelange and Teixeria also paid just over £1m into the ISL bankruptcy estate in 2004 and Eckert said: “It seems obvious that the then highest officials at Fifa would have been involved in these settlement negotiations, and all the more so since a kind of final line could then be drawn with regard to the transgressions of Teixeira and Havelange.”


Fifa refused to comment on exactly what Blatter knew, declaring “case closed” on the ISL scandal.


Blatter himself was typically triumphalist, saying: “I note in particular that, in his conclusions, chairman Eckert states that ‘the ISL case is concluded for the Ethics Committee’ and that ‘no further proceedings related to the ISL matter are warranted against any other football official’.


“I also note with satisfaction that this report confirms that ‘President Blatter’s conduct could not be classified in any way as misconduct with regard to any ethics rules’.


“I have no doubt that Fifa, thanks to the governance reform process that I proposed, now has the mechanisms and means to ensure that such an issue – which has caused untold damage to the reputation of our institution – does not happen again.”


Fifa reform campaigner Damian Collins, an MP who sits on Parliament’s culture, media and sport select committee, called on Blatter to resign.


Collins said: “Sepp Blatter should himself resign for his failure to expose the wrongdoing sooner, and to take action earlier against those who had done wrong.


“In the light of this report, it is even more incredible that the Fifa executive committee continue to resist calls, from its own advisors, for greater independent scrutiny of its decisions, and the financial interests of its members.


“The impression created by this report is one of an attempted cover-up by Fifa of this massive corruption scandal motivated by the desire to protect some of its leading officials.”


Leoz’s decision to quit days before the ethics committee report meant almost half the men who decided on the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups have left Fifa, with several having been accused of corruption.


Source: Telegraph


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