World: FIFA Congress: Bribery cases cast shadow over elections in Bahrain

Author(s): Michael Da Silva | Date: May 7, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.dw.com/ | URL:  | Type: Text

Fresh corruption scandals overshadow the annual gathering of world soccer leaders as they prepare to meet at the FIFA Congress in Manama, Bahrain.
Two years on from the corruption crisis that engulfed FIFA, the aftershocks are still being felt with ongoing investigations in Switzerland and the US and fresh problems emerging under the relatively new leadership of Gianni Infantino.
The election of Asian members to FIFA’s ruling council on Monday kickstarts a week of meetings in Bahrain, with powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah struck off the ballot as he faces corruption allegations in the US.
Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad has been named as a co-conspirator of disgraced Guam football chief Richard Lai, who recently pleaded guilty to receiving nearly $1 million in bribes from football officials wanting his help to influence FIFA.