The announcement that the FIFA Ethics Committee has decided to investigate an alleged breach of FIFA Statutes by CONCACAF President Jack Warner and Presidential Candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam is interesting – and highly significant – in the lead up to the Election for FIFA President in seven days time.

Accusations of corruption have recently been made by the Sunday Times in London against Warner, fellow FIFA Vice-President Issa Ayattou and FIFA Executive Committee members Ricardo Teixeiro and Worawi Makudi. Evidence has still to be sent to FIFA which says it will investigate the allegations, but this development is different.

For the first time, the accusations have been made by a FIFA Executive Committee Member against fellow members.

Firstly it shows a split in the previously strong relationship between CONCACAF President Jack Warner and his General Secretary Chuck Blazer. They will never work together again in CONCACAF after the election, no matter the result.

Secondly, it suggests very strongly that Warner will deliver the 35 or so votes of CONCACAF to Bin Hammam instead of Blatter. This must be a worry to Blatter who has always relied on Warner’s support in the past.

Thirdly, Blatter must be worried at this turn of events. His previous press statements had projected an aura of invincibility and confidence in the result but this changes everything. It may encourage some member associations to vote against the present regime.

Blatter is under pressure and in the final week of the campaign both candidates will take off the gloves and slug it out for the ultimate prize.

For the Game – For the World?

For the Good of the Game?

Forget the slogans.

This is football politics in the raw.

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