FIFA pres­i­den­tial can­di­date de­nies 'brib­ing' Pak­istan


FIFA pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Chung MongJoon said on Wed­nes­day that pay­ments he made to Haiti and Pak­istan in 2010 were "char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions" and any at­tempt to use them as part of a re­ported ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion was "cyn­i­cal and un­eth­i­cal".

Re­spond­ing to media re­ports that world football's gov­ern­ing body was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the South Korean bil­lion­aire over the 'dis­as­ter re­lief' funds, Chung said in a state­ment he had been do­nat­ing money to causes at home and abroad since the 1990s. "Re­cent media re­ports al­lege that FIFA has started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into FIFA Honorary Vice Pres­i­dent Dr. Chung MongJoon's 2010 do­na­tions to dis­as­ter re­lief funds to Haiti and Pak­istan," said the state­ment.

"If these re­ports are true, we con­demn this as a cyn­i­cal and un­eth­i­cal ef­fort by FIFA to mis­rep­re­sent even char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions for po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion." FIFA's ethics com­mit­tee does not com­ment on on­go­ing cases and there has been no con­fir­ma­tion from the gov­ern­ing body that Chung is in their crosshairs.

The scion of Korea's Hyundai in­dus­trial con­glom­er­ate for­mally launched his bid to re­place Sepp Blat­ter as FIFA pres­i­dent in Paris ear­lier this week with a sting­ing at­tack on Blat­ter and Michel Pla­tini, head of Europe's rul­ing body UEFA and a ri­val can­di­date for the FIFA pres­i­dency.

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