Fifa has launched an investigation into bribery allegations involving four officials, including vice-president Jack Warner and presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.
The allegations were made by executive committee member Chuck Blazer.
Blazer claims Fifa's code of ethics was violated at a meeting on 10 and 11 May organised by Bin Hammam and Warner.
The other two officials are Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester from the Caribbean Football Union.
The meeting was in relation to the Fifa presidential election, which takes place on 1 June.
Bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation, is running against current president Sepp Blatter to be the new head of football's world governing body.
The four officials have been called to a hearing of Fifa's ethics committe in Zurich on 29 May.
Fifa has announced that Claudio Sulser, the head of the ethics committee, will not take charge of the hearing as he shares Swiss nationality with Bin Hammam's presidential rival Blatter.
The committee's deputy chairman Petrus Damaseb of Namibia will instead chair proceedings.
The Fifa statement read: "On May 24 2011, FIFA executive committee member and Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer reported to Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke possible violations of the Fifa code of ethics allegedly committed by officials.
"In particular, the report referred to a special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), apparently organised jointly by Fifa vice-president Jack A. Warner and Fifa executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam, which took place on May 10 and 11 2011.
"This meeting was linked to the upcoming FIFA presidential election.
"In view of the facts alleged in this report, which include bribery allegations, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, in compliance with art. 16 of the Fifa code of ethics, yesterday requested the Fifa ethics committee to open ethics proceedings."
Great news and amazing that Blazer is going after Warner after supporting him for so long. That's a big thing for him to do and I hope he's successful in removing this cancer from FIFA.
But interesting timing no? Call me cynical but this seems like genius from Blatter to me....
Of course, Warner is known to be a hugely troublesome figure for FIFA and everyone including Blatter knows he's corrupt to the core, but Blatter can't get rid of him because he is an ally who controls 35 votes in the Presidential election.
Then a gift from Santa Claus (aka Chuck Blazer) lands on Valcke's desk. Valcke goes to Blatter and says to him "I can bury this news as usual Mr Blatter, nobody needs to know and everyone thinks Andrew Jennings is a bit mad anyway". But a lightbulb goes off in ol' Sepp's head.
"What if we have an Ethics Committee meeting two days before the Presidential Election?" he asks. Valcke agrees, and leaves Blatter's office.
"Excellent," thinks Blatter "we get rid of Jack at last, but it doesn't affect me because our Qatari friend is also suspended so I win the election by default. And I get to show the world the Ethics Committee is strong. This is sewn up tighter than a pair of women's footballer's shorts."
Blatter sits back, combs his slick greasy hair and grins to himself.
Or am I being too cynical? How come this is being properly investigated and so soon and with such urgency? It seems very un-FIFA-like.
Edited by RobH, 25 May 2011 - 07:42 AM.