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Cat flats and a fleet of mobility scooters: what did the alleged bribe money buy FIFA?

by | 2nd, June 2015

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Sepp Blatter is no longer president of Fifa. Four days after winning the vote to continue as Fifa boss, he’s resigned. He told a press conference:

“What matters to me is that when all of this is over, football is the winner”

Blatter said:

“Fifa needs a profound overhaul. While I have a mandate from the membership of Fifa, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at Fifa. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa president until that election. Fifa needs profound restructuring. The interests of Fifa are very dear to me and that is why I have taken this decision [to resign].”

Or as FA chairman Greg Dyke, the FA chairman put it:

“He has stood down. He has gone. Let’s celebrate.”

But one thing we want to know is: what did the alleged bribe money buy? As Dyke says:

“We want to know where the money has gone.”

We do. And the more ostentatious and wasteful the better. We’ll keep a  list.

1. CAT FLAT

“CONCACAF’s offices took up the entire 17th floor [of New York City’s Trump Tower], but Blazer often worked from two apartments where he lived on the 49th floor in $18,000-per-month digs for himself and an adjoining $6,000 retreat largely for his unruly cats…”

2. HUMMER 

In 2005, Blazer had CONCACAF spend $48,554 for a 2004 Hummer H2 sport utility vehicle for him and his girlfriend. CONCACAF paid insurance for the vehicle and spent more than $21,600 to keep the vehicle parked at a garage near CONCACAF’s New York office.

3. MOBILITY SCOOTERS

At the middle of it all was the Falstaffian figure of Blazer, who came to inhabit a world of private jets, famous friends, secret island getaways, offshore bank accounts and so much fine food and drink that he eventually needed a fleet of mobility scooters to move from feast to feast.

Spotter: NY Daily News

 



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