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IOC to probe alleged FIFA corruption

The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that it would examine any evidence of corruption, after one of its members was named in a BBC report targeting three FIFA officials.

sports Updated: Dec 01, 2010 01:36 IST
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The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that it would examine any evidence of corruption, after one of its members was named in a BBC report targeting three FIFA officials.

"The IOC has taken note of the allegations made by BBC Panorama and will ask the programme makers to pass on any evidence they may have to the appropriate authorities," the Lausanne-based body said in a statement.

"The IOC has a zero tolerance against corruption and will refer the matter to the IOC Ethics Commission," the world's top sports body added.

A report by the BBC programme late Monday alleged that three members of world football governing body FIFA's executive committee — Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, African football chief Issa Hayatou and South America's Nicolas Leoz — received secret payments from a sports marketing firm more than a decade ago.

FIFA dismisses claim
FIFA has dismissed allegations made by a British Broadcasting Corporation programme against three executive committee members, saying Swiss authorities had already investigated and the case had been closed.

The BBC's Panorama programme on Monday offered what it said was new evidence over the ruling body's appointment of International Sports and Leisure (ISL) as its marketing arm. ISL went bankrupt in 2001. The programme said members Teixeira, Hayatou and South American (CONMEBOL) head Nicolas Leoz took bribes from ISL to win the lucrative contract.

"The matters concerning the case which are referred to date back many years ago and were investigated by the relevant authorities in Switzerland," said FIFA in a statement on Tuesday.