FIFA World Cup 'bribery' probe focuses on Monaco bank account

By Geoffrey Livolsi et Yann Philippin

US and Brazilian investigators have discovered a payment from Qatar of 22 million dollars made to a former executive committee member of world football governing body FIFA shortly after he and his colleagues controversially awarded the Gulf state the 2022 World Cup, well-informed sources have told Mediapart. The payment was made to Ricardo Teixeira, former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation and paid into his account with the Pasche Monaco bank in Monte Carlo, which was then a subsidiary of French bank Crédit Mutuel-CIC. Geoffrey Livolsi and Yann Philippin report.

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Brazilian justice authorities are investigating a transfer from Qatar of 22 million dollars paid into an Monaco bank account belonging to Ricardo Teixeira, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, and which was completed shortly after Qatar was attributed the 2022 football World Cup in a vote by the executive committee of the international football governing body FIFA in December 2010, according to information provided to Mediapart.