Former FIFA governance advisor questions Hany Abou-Rida’s actions
Miguel Maduro, former FIFA governance committee chairman, attacked FIFA’s ethical standards and made claims regarding Hany Abou-Rida’s campaign for CAF’s FIFA council seat at a British parliamentary hearing.
Abou-Rida was competing against Former FIFA senior development manager for Africa Zelkifili Ngoufonja who he bet with 54 votes to four votes in May.
Maduro said in his testimony that a complaint was made accusing Abou-Rida of flying delegates to Cairo for a victory party after winning a seat in the Council.
The former Portuguese Minister for Regional Development who was surprisingly removed after just eight months as head of FIFA’s governance committee described how officials’ votes in elections were supervised and controlled through the use of colored pens.
Maduro’s committee was hired to act as FIFA’s watchdog, responsible for conducting eligibility checks on football officials before they win advantageous positions including positions on the governing FIFA Council. However, the former official assured that his efforts were hindered.
In June 2016, FIFA released the “Garcia report”, a report made by Michael J. Garcia which examines allegations of high-level corruption in world football where Abou-Rida was mentioned eight times. The 63-year-old denied being involved in any illegal vote-fixing during the 2018 and 2022 World Cups bid race.
It is worth mentioning that Abou-Rida was one of those on the infamous 2011 trip to Trinidad, where Caribbean officials were handed $40,000 bribes.
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