See that picture to the right? That is $40,000, brand new U.S. hundred dollar bills. It is also supposedly a picture taken by Fred Lunn or another member of the Bahamas Football Association (FA). Mr. Lunn, a vice-president for the Bahamas FA was at the meeting which Bin Hammam had with members of the various Caribbean football associations to try and make his case to become the FIFA president. As noted in previous posts, Bin Hammam along with CONCACAF’s Jack Warner have both been temporarily suspended from football related activities by the FIFA ethics panel.
This morning, the picture you see to the right emerged, as part of the evidence which was given to the ethics panel. Mr. Lunn noted that he went into a room to receive a gift from Bin Hammam and picked up the envelope and literally had a pile of hundred dollar bills spill out. This seems more like a good mob movie, than a FIFA meeting. Lunn contacted the head of his FA, and they agreed that the money was to be returned. Of course, being smart, they snapped a quick photo of the money. It is claimed that the money was for whatever each FA wanted to do with it. They could use it for grassroots programs, training, development, or lining their own pockets. Mr. Lunn went back to the room to give back the money, but found he had to wait in line, as others were queued up to get in. He then texted his FA head saying:
“a lot of the boys taking the cash, this is sad given the breaking news on the TV CNN… I’m truly surprise its happening at this conference”
So it appears that a lot of people did take the cash.
In more FIFA corruptions news:
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has confirmed that he sent an email to the now suspended Jack Warner saying that the 2022 World Cup had been bought.
Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has called for FIFA to be “Red Carded” and for Australia to not spend any more money on World Cup bids until this whole process is straightened out.
And in a bit of positive news for FIFA, or possibly a well-timed release to try and make it look like they are actually fighting against corruption, FIFA has announced it has helped to break up a match-fixing ring in the UAE. They claim that this ring has ties to both Asia and Europe, and is an important move against corruption in the game.
I think that FIFA has bigger corruption issues in house at the moment.