New shocking Fifa claim
ZURICH — Fifa are investigating claims that a junior member of staff was told to falsify official records of meetings of the world governing body’s executive committee between 2001 and 2010.
The incendiary accusation was made via Twitter by former Fifa employee Scott Burnett, a Briton who worked as a translator then to Fifa’s currently suspended secretary general, Jerome Valcke, for nine years in total.
“I wrote the minutes of Fifa Exco meetings from 2001 to 2010. During that period, I was instructed several times to misrepresent discussions,” Burnett wrote on the social networking site.
Burnett did not provide any more details but with Fifa in a state of perpetual crisis, the claim will increase concerns about malpractice at the highest levels over a long period of time.
Fifa’s president Sepp Blatter (pictured) is currently suspended as the ethics committee investigates the circumstances in which he sanctioned a £1.3m ‘payment to Uefa president and Fifa vice-president Michel Platini, in 2011. Platini — who, like Blatter, was an Exco member — is also suspended from Fifa, as is Valcke.
Fifa are probing Valcke’s alleged involvement in a ticket touting operation and alleged misappropriation of Fifa funds.
A Fifa spokesperson said of Burnett’s claim: “These are very serious allegations. They will be reviewed as part of the investigation currently being conducted by Fifa with the assistance of outside counsel.”