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