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Legal heavyweights to investigate Fifa corruption

19th July 2012

It has been announced that a former US Attorney with one of the senior legal jobs in the country will join a German judge in leading a corruption investigation into Fifa, football’s governing body.

Sepp Blatter, Fifa’s president, recently revealed that a two-chamber ethics board will be created at the organisation, with the partner in question and Hans-Joachim Eckert, a veteran of the Munich penal court, given co-chairing responsibilities.

Michael Garcia, an American solicitor who specialises in security cases and has previously acted as prosecutor in actions relating to bombings at the World Trade Centre and East African US embassies, will re-examine claims that two ex-officials were involved in corrupt activity with ISL, a former marketing partner of Fifa. 

It is alleged that Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira, who were president and executive of the historic association respectively, accepted bribes worth millions of pounds during their time in power, and Sepp Blatter has expressed his hope that this latest investigation will finally settle the matter once and for all.