Politicians hit out at FIFA chief Blatter over handling of ISL bribery case
22:03 GMT, 23 April 2012
FIFA have been embarrassed on the eve of the Olympic football draw at Wembley with president Sepp Blatter being severely criticised by European politicians for the way he runs the tarnished organisation.
A Council of Europe report was damning of the role of Blatter in sweeping the ISL bribery case under the carpet although the FIFA leader was not directly involved in the scandal.
The testimony of Swiss prosecuting magistrate Thomas Hildbrand says one former FIFA executive commitee member – understood to be Brazil's Ricardo Teixeira – received more than 8.5million in backhanders from FIFA's now-defunct marketing company, ISL.
In the firing line: Blatter has come under attack from politicians
The report by French national assembly member Francois Rochebloine states it is 'difficult to imagine' Blatter would not have known about the significant funds paid to certain officials and it was 'extraordinary' he did nothing to make all the information public.
Hildbrand's testimony said the 'commission payments' were made to ensure the FIFA officials influenced where TV contracts were awarded. FIFA made no comment.