Money Transfer to FIFA Executive Ricardo Teixeira's Daughter Under Investigation

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 30:  President of the Brazilian Football Federation Ricardo Teixeira looks on before the Preliminary Draw of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 30, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The daughter of former FIFA executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira had more than £2 million deposited into a bank account set up in her name on June 22, 2011, when she was just 10 years old.

That's according to the Telegraph's trio of Holly Watt, Ben Bryant and Claire Newell, who report that Antonia Wigand Teixeira received the payments prior to her father stepping down from his committee position in 2012.

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The report goes on to note that Ricardo Teixeira was then subject to an investigation by the Brazilian authorities before recently moving to Miami.

Joint chief investigator of FIFA's ethics committee, Michael Garcia, is investigating this case and those of executive committee members both current and former.

Sandro Rosell stepped down as Barcelona president earlier this year
Sandro Rosell stepped down as Barcelona president earlier this yearDavid Ramos/Getty Images

It's suggested that former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, with whom Teixeira is known to have held a long-standing friendship, may have been the individual responsible for making the deposit.

Rosell previously held the position as head of Nike in Brazil, and it's further disclosed that the money was sent to Antonia's account, set up in Rio de Janeiro.


Garcia will now investigate Teixeira's decision to support Qatar's bid for the 2022 World Cup, mainly due to those links held with Rosell, Barcelona as a club and the sponsorship deal that La Blaugrana agreed with Qatar Airways in December 2010. 

The Telegraph report states that, upon questioning, Barcelona insist they have no knowledge of the payment made to Antonia Wigand Teixeira, and that if Rosell did send the money, it had nothing to do with their sponsorship agreement.

A passage from the report reads:

A statement issued by lawyers acting for the Qatar bid said the payment from Mr Rosell to Mr Teixeira had nothing to do with the country’s bid for the 2022 World Cup and they had not given him any payments to secure Mr Teixeira’s vote.

It added that there was “no question” that any payment made to Mr Teixeira, or anyone on his behalf, was connected to the sponsorship of Barcelona football club by the Qatar Foundation or Qatar Airways.

The large sum of money will now raise some questions regarding the selection of World Cup host nations for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the tournament, set to take place in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

That being said, the Evening Standard's Mihir Bose (h/t Associated Press' Rob Harris) quotes a FIFA executive as saying any hope of a re-vote is, however, out of the question:

Both countries have drawn significant amounts of controversy since being announced as host nations. The stance which some Russian clubs and territories have shown against gay rights is one concern, while climate and weather in certain areas is also a topic of discussion.

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Weather is a far greater worry for Qatar, however, where it's feared temperatures could reach as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit. BBC Sport reported as recently as January that FIFA figures such as president Sepp Blatter and secretary general Jerome Valcke are still undecided on when that tournament will take place, if at all.

This newest revelation regarding Teixeira's suspicions comes just a month after the Daily Telegraph (h/t BBC Sport's David Bond) revealed that former FIFA vice president and head of Asian football Mohammed Bin Hammam paid more than £1 million to fellow former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and his family.