FIFA adviser urges publishing kickbacks document
Friday, March 23, 2012
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- FIFA's anti-corruption adviser is urging the swift publication of a Swiss court document revealing which soccer officials took millions of dollars from marketing agency ISL as kickbacks from World Cup broadcasting deals.
Mark Pieth tells the Associated Press that FIFA and its president, Sepp Blatter cited legal reasons for repeatedly denying his requests to see the document.
Pieth says the document "needs to be publicized," though he acknowledges FIFA would be in contempt of court to share it.
Pieth spoke on Friday after Switzerland's Federal Tribunal announced it extended a block on publication requested by two unidentified parties.
Five Swiss and British media organizations have won lower court rulings to access the document.