FIFA tries to carry on amid bribery scandal
Saturday, May 28, 2011
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA is trying to resume normal business after an extraordinary day in its 107-year history saw two senior executives suspended in a bribery scandal.
Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner are barred from all FIFA business pending a full inquiry into allegations Caribbean soccer leaders were paid $40,000 each to back the Qatari's now-abandoned presidential bid.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is the only candidate in Wednesday's poll after Sunday's ethics hearing cleared him of ignoring the bribery plan.
Warner's 35-nation North, Central American and Caribbean regional body met Monday morning planning a future without its veteran president.
Whistleblowers and suspected bribe-takers gathered as FIFA seeks more evidence.