Mid-Day Ticker: Documents out Teixeira, Havelange for accepting bribes & more

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What has been expected for years was confirmed on Wednesday.

After a Swiss court ordered that FIFA could make the documents detailing business with marketing partner ISL public, the world's governing body of soccer did so, outing some of the biggest names in the organization for taking kickbacks.

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange and former Brazilian federation president and FIFA executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira were named in the documents, putting proof to the allegations that have been attached to both men for years. The Associated Press reports that Teixeira received at least $13 million between 1992-1997, while Havelange accepted $1 million in 1997, according to the documents.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has been public in his support of releasing the documents since last October, was not said to have accepted any kickback money from ISL in the documents.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

FIFA INVESTIGATING PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH-FIXING

The latest bout of match-fixing in world soccer is centered on England's Premier League.

FIFA is reportedly investigating comments made by former Southampton captain Claus Lundekvam, who stated that he and others illegally earned extra money fixing specific moments in matches during his time in England, which spanned from 1996-2008.

Lundekvam reportedly said that he and his teammates would influence things like which players would take the first throw-in and things of that nature and accepted money for it but that no events determined or altered the outcome of a game.

CHELSEA CLOSE IN ON OSCAR

Chelsea's plan to rebuild with some of the world's top young talents is in full force as the club nears a deal with Brazilian rising star Oscar.

The Internacional attacking midfielder, who is a member of Brazil's Olympic squad, will reportedly move to the UEFA Champions League winners on a £25 million move to join newcomers Eden Hazard and Marko Marin as Cheslea's new wave of young talent.

LEEDS SIGN QPR GOALKEEPER KENNY

With Robert Green moving from West Ham to Queens Park Rangers, it became quite clear that Paddy Kenny's time as starter was up, and as a result, the veteran goalkeeper is on the move.

The 34-year-old Kenny signed a three-year deal with Leeds United, where he will reunite with former QPR coach Neil Warnock and team with U.S. international Robbie Rogers while aiming to guide the club back to the Premier League.

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What do you think of the findings in the FIFA/ISL documents? Would you be surprised if it turns out there had been incidents of fixing plays in Premier League games? What do you think of a potential Oscar-to-Chelsea move? Think this is the year Leeds returns to the Premier League?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to Mid-Day Ticker: Documents out Teixeira, Havelange for accepting bribes & more

  1. Gnarls says:

    “Lundekvam reportedly said that he and his teammates would influence things like which players would take the first throw-in and things of that nature but that no events determined or altered the outcome of a game.”

    What does that even mean? He was the captain of Southampton and he influence who would take throw-ins for his team? How does that differ from any captain’s responsibilities?

  2. THomas says:

    Because he was influenced by bookies/betters as to he was to influence who takes the first throw, free kick, etc. to influence the outcomes of such prop bets.

  3. beto says:

    who bets on prop bets anyways? dumb..

  4. DirtyLeeds says:

    erm, gamblers do.

  5. Jimmy Bobo says:

    Does anyone know if Robbie Rogers ever made any league appearances for Leeds? I don’t remember hearing of any. Probably he is earning bigger wages on Leeds’ bench than starting at Columbus. Such a mixed result for the player.

  6. DirtyLeeds says:

    Yes, he made 3 or 4 league appearances if I recall correctly and was injured shortly after taking the pitch in two of them. One was a concussion that kept him out for 3 weeks and the other was a season ending ankle injury, unlucky is the word.

  7. Old School says:

    In fairness, he’s “lucky” to be playing in Europe.

  8. Charles says:

    I was at a fixed college basketball game years ago, the team wasn’t going to affect the outcome of the game, but it ended up they did, as they lost a sure win game.

    So all of the games over 12 years, NONE of those had similar problems ? Wow, unbelievable ( and I really mean unbelievable )

  9. biff says:

    News story out in the UK that Clint Dempsey-to-Liverpool move has been put on hold because Fulham will not budge from its £10 million transfer fee demand and Liverpool has valued the move at £6 million, but would be willing to go up to only £8 million in a bonus package. The story says Dempsey has told Fulhamn he wants to go to Liverpool.

    link to metro.co.uk

  10. Matt C in Tampa says:

    If true, good for Fulham. 6 or 8 million for Dempsey.

  11. SilverRey says:

    Half of Britain. Pubs are full of little side bets going on all game long. It’s a big thing for the Brits.

  12. KevDC says:

    FIFA corruption? I’m shocked.