Fifa holds back funding to Concacaf, Conmebol

MIAMI • Fifa has cut off funding to the corruption-hit confederations for football in the Americas, the global football body said on Monday, in a move which could cause future cash-flow problems for the two organisations.

The two bodies, Concacaf and Conmebol, have been at the centre of a corruption scandal that has engulfed world football and seen 41 individuals and entities charged in the United States on a variety of graft-related offences.

"We can confirm that in light of current proceedings involving individuals related to Conmebol and Concacaf, Fifa has put contributions towards these two confederations on hold until further notice," said a Fifa spokesman.

"We are currently assessing further steps to be taken to increase the level of assurance which may again enable Fifa to release such funds in the future."

A source close to Concacaf said it had not received US$10 million (S$14 million) in payments from Fifa, including expected World Cup Final revenues and money from the global body's Financial Assistance Programme.

Conmebol is responsible for the sport in South America while Concacaf covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

In a statement, Concacaf said it had fulfilled all Fifa requests for documents and information "regarding the new administrative, compliance and procurement processes that have been implemented at the confederation to ensure the issue is resolved in a timely manner".

Conmebol was not immediately available for comment.

Concacaf has seen its last three presidents indicted by the US Department of Justice with Trinidad and Tobago's Jack Warner, Cayman Islander Jeffrey Webb and Honduran Alfred Hawit all facing charges.

Conmebol has had former president Nicolas Leoz and its most recent leader Jan Angel Napout, both of Paraguay, indicted along with several other leading officials.

The two organisations are due to hold a joint "Copa America" tournament in the United States in June to celebrate Conmebol's centenary.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2016, with the headline 'Fifa holds back funding to Concacaf, Conmebol'. Print Edition | Subscribe