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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Fifa vice president and African football
head Issa Hayatou has denied allegations
in a British newspaper that he received
free private medical treatment and other
favours for backing Qatar to host the 2022
World Cup in a vote already marred by
accusations of corruption and under inves-
In a statement released late Sunday night,
the Confederation of African Football called
the string of allegations against its longtime
president and one of Fifa s senior officials
"fanciful" and "ridiculous."
The Sunday Times newspaper said that
banned former Qatari official Mohammed
bin Hammam, once a Fifa vice president
himself, had targeted Hayatou and other
African football leaders with cash, luxury
trips and other gifts and favours to support
Qatar s ultimately successful World Cup bid.
In FIFA s votes four years ago, Russia won
the hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup
and Qatar the 2022 tournament.
"Despite the ridiculous allegations, the
CAF president has decided to answer to
those accusations," the statement said.
The votes won by Russia and Qatar are
being investigated by Fifa s independent
They said yesterday---a day after the fresh
allegations of wrongdoing---that they will
complete their months-long investigation
next week (June 9) and submit a report six
Hayatou was one of four Africans on Fifa s
executive committee when it chose the World
Cup host countries in a process tarnished
by accusations of vote buying. Ultimately,
only three of those African members voted
after Nigeria s Amos Adamu was suspended
from the votes and later banned from football
for three years for seeking bribes during the
Adamu was exposed in an undercover
investigation by The Sunday Times just
before the December 2010 vote.
In the latest allegations, The Sunday Times
said bin Hammam used slush funds to make
payments to accounts controlled by the
presidents of 30 African football associations
as part of an attempt to eventually influence
the voting of the African block on the exec-
CAF said the 67-year-old Hayatou, who
is from Cameroon, "denied categorically"
the string of allegations made against him
• That he received expensive gifts from bin
Hammam on the trip to Doha in December
2009, a year before the World Cup vote.
• That he was involved in a payment of
US$400,000 to the Cameroon Football Fed-
eration through Fifa s Goal project, which
bin Hammam headed at the time.
• That he received 60 World Cup tickets
from bin Hammam.
• That bin Hammam arranged for Hayatou,
who has suffered from liver problems, to be
treated at a private clinic after he voted for
Qatar to get the World Cup.
• That Hayatou accepted luxury accommo-
dation and business class flights from Qatar s
2022 World Cup organising committee.
The Sunday Times said a "senior Fifa
insider" provided it with huge amounts of
e-mails and documents detailing bin Ham-
mam s attempts to build support for Qatar s
bid among football officials using favours
and payments totaling US$5 million.
Bin Hammam was a member of Fifa s
executive committee for 16 years and pres-
ident of the Asian Football Confederation,
but was expelled from world football in 2012
for financial corruption.
Current AFC President Shaikh Salman
bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said he had "grave
concerns" over the new allegations against
Qatar s World Cup bid process but was
"convinced" the organising committee "will
do their utmost to clear the doubts." (AP)
fielder Frank Lampard is
set to head to the World
Cup without a club after
that he is leaving
The 35-year-old Lam-
pard has been at Chelsea
for 13 years and is the
club s all-time leading
scorer but has not agreed
to a new deal with the
Premier League team.
Lampard is currently with
England in Miami for two
World Cup warm-up
matches before travelling
to Brazil on Saturday.
"When I arrived at this
fantastic club 13 years ago
I would never have
believed that I would be
fortunate enough to play
so many games and enjoy
sharing in so much suc-
cess," Lampard said. "This
club has become part of
my life and I have so
many people to thank for
Lampard did not say
where he expects to play
next season, but has been
linked to Major League
Soccer in the US.
Lampard, who moved
across London from West
Ham in 2001, leaves
Stamford Bridge with 211
goals in 648 appearances.
He won the Premier
League three times, the
Champions League and
Europa League once each,
four FA Cups and two
"The club will move
forward, and as a Chelsea
man I have no doubt that
with the quality of the
players that are there, they
will continue with the
success that we have all
enjoyed over the past sea-
sons, Lampard said.
Chelsea owner Roman
Abramovich was singled
out for praise, with Lam-
pard calling the Russian
tycoon "the man who
saved our club and took
us all to new levels" fol-
lowing his 2003 takeover.
"His desire to push the
club to the top of the
football world has rubbed
off on everyone," Lampard
NEW YORK---David Villa of Spain has signed
a three-year contract with New York City FC,
becoming the first player on the expansion Major
League Soccer team that starts play next season
at Yankee Stadium.
"Throughout my career, I ve always tried to
keep pushing myself to achieve new targets, and
this represents another important goal for me,"
Villa said in a statement yesterday. "I want to try
and help MLS continue to grow, through playing,
working hard, scoring goals and at the same time
try to make New York City FC become the best
team in the league."
NYCFC starts play in March, and the team
plans to loan him to an unspecified club to keep
him in shape until training starts in the third week
of January. Claudio Reyna, the team s director of
football, said loaning Villa to NYCFC parent Man-
chester City was not an option.
MLS said Villa was acquired on a free transfer
from Spanish league champion Atletico Madrid,
where he scored 15 goals in 47 games in all com-
petitions last season.
He previously played for Sporting Gijon (2001-
03), Zaragoza (2003-05), Valencia (2005-10) and
Barcelona (2010-13). He helped Barcelona win the
2011 Champions League title.
Reyna wouldn t say whether NYCFC is inter-
ested in signing English midfielder Frank Lampard,
who has been with Chelsea since the 2001-02
MILAN---Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo
could be out for as long as six months after
undergoing surgery on his broken leg.
The AC Milan captain s left tibia was broken
during a friendly with Ireland on Saturday when
he was fouled by Reading fullback Alex Pearce in
the ninth minute.
The team says in a statement that Montolivo
underwent a successful, two-hour operation yes-
Montolivo is a key midfielder for Italy and his
absence deals a blow to coach Cesare Prandelli s
World Cup hopes. (AP)
MUNICH---Former Bayern Munich
president Uli Hoeness has started
serving his prison sentence for tax
Hoeness was convicted in March of
evading taxes on a private bank account
in Switzerland and sentenced to 3 1/2
years in prison.
His lawyers and Bavarian justice offi-
cials say he reported to the Landsberg
am Lech prison in southern Germany
Hoeness admitted evading taxes on
at least €28.5 million (US$38.78 million).
The former Germany star and longtime
Bayern manager declined to appeal and
stepped down as president of Ger-
many s biggest club. (AP)
Hoeness starts prison term
Lampard leaves Chelsea after 13 years
Fifa VP Hayatou denies
WC corruption allegations
IN MEMORY OF OUR
Joan Y. Look Hong
18th February 1934 - 3rd June 2012
We especially hold you in our hearts today
It's been 2 years but it seems like yesterday
We will forever remember you in prayer
As we continue to love and keep you near
From your children, grandchildren,
family and friends.
England national football
team players Frank Lampard,
left, and Jack Wilshere kick a
ball during a training session
at George's Park in Burton
on Trent, England, last
Tuesday. AP PHOTO
Montolivo could be
out for 6 months
Villa signs 3-
year deal with
NYC of MLS
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