Nigeria’s representative in the FIFA Board, Amos Adamu has been fingered in a scandal involving two officials of the world football governing body who were alleged to be demanding for bribe to influence the choice of host of the 2018 world tournament.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC) last night quoted Sunday Times of London’s report that Adamu demanded for $500,000 for a “personal project”, an action which is against FIFA rules.
Also, Oceania Football Federation President, Reynald Temarii wanted money for a sports academy. The duo made their demand as inducement to enable them cast their votes in favour of one of the bidding nations.
THISDAY made several calls to Adamu’s mobile telephone to enable him respond to the report but he did not pick the calls. A text message stating the reason for the calls was also sent to the phone but there was no response.
FIFA will decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments on December 2.
England are competing to host the tournament in eight years time, as well as Russia and joint bids from Spain and Portugal and Holland and Belgium.
A 24-strong committee will decide by secret ballot who should host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The last FIFA World Cup, held between last June and July, was hosted by South Africa and was won by Spain.
Adamu has been in the eye of storm over the crisis triggered by the controversial Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) election which attracted the sanction of the world football governing body.
Following series of litigations over the August 26 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) elections and alleged government interference in the administration of football in Nigeria, FIFA clamped down an indefinite suspension on Nigeria but rescinded the decision on the eve of the Nations Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Guinea with a mandate to all parties to the crisis to resolve the issues on or before October 25.
Source: Thisday Newspapers – thisdayonline.com