FIFA came under major pressure today after allegations made by the former Football Association Chairman, Lord David Triesman, to the United Kingdom Parliamentary Department of Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

This is a high level UK Government committee which is investigating the bidding for the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Two members of the FIFA Executive Committee, Amos Adamu from Nigeria and Reynald Temarii from Tahiti, were banned by FIFA’s Ethics Committee last year after evidence emerged that they were prepared to accept money, either personally or on behalf of their federation or confederation, to vote for USA in the bid for the 2002 nomination.

Triesman has now alleged that four other members of the FIFA Executive sought “bribes” in return for backing England’s failed World Cup bid.

The four members named are Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago, the President of CONCACAF, Nicolas Leoz President of CONMEBOL, Ricardo Teixeira, the man in charge of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and Worawi Makudi, a member of the Executive Committee of the AFC .

All have denied the allegations but they present a serious problem for FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he fights an election against AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam, for the FIFA Presidency.

Blatter himself promised immediate action if evidence of wrongdoing by FIFA Executive Committee members was proved.

“I was shocked to hear this but one has to see the evidence,” said the 75-year-old Swiss on Tuesday, adding that the accused Executive Committee members were not elected by the same congress as him.

“They are coming from other confederations, so I cannot say that they are all angels or all devils.

“There is a new round of information. Give us time to digest that and start the investigation by asking for evidence on what has been said.

“We will react immediately against all those in breach of the ethics code rules.

“Zero tolerance is going through FIFA, it is one of the items on the Congress. It is my battle horse.”

Blatter is now faced with possible massive corruption allegations on his watch

Zero tolerance or not the political landscape in FIFA is changing and the main beneficiary may be Blatter’s opponent, AFC President Bin Hammam.

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