Morocco denies bribing FIFA officicals

Morocco denies bribing FIFA officicals

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Jun 15, 2015. 12:03

The Moroccan Football Federation has denied allegations that they paid a bribe to a FIFA executive for their 1998 World Cup bid.

Although the bid was unsuccessful, US authorities are probing corruption at FIFA with Switzerland’s prosecutors announcing their own criminal inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 bids which are awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

According to Reuters, France hosted the 1998 tournament, but U.S. court documents containing prosecutors' allegations that bidding nation Morocco had paid a bribe to a FIFA executive, Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner has since denied this and other charges levelled against him saying he fears for his life, despite adding that he will tell investigators all he knows about corruption at FIFA.


"Morocco denies categorically these slanderous accusations against the officials of the country's organizing committee of the 1998 World Cup," reads a statement from Morocco's soccer federation.

"Regarding its efforts, Morocco deserved better treatment instead of tendentious and unfounded rumours.”

Meanwhile, FIFA postponed the bidding for the rights to host the 2026 World Cup and Swiss authorities acquired computer data from the global soccer body with a source saying that it included records from the office of its president.

In the investigation, the FBI are investigating bribery and corruption at FIFA, including scrutiny of how soccer's governing body awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on June 2 he would step down over the corruption scandal.

Sign in with:  
Sign in to comment