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Some Swiss politicians are threatening to pull FIFA’s tax and legislative benefits if the world football governing body does not do more against corrupt officials.
Swiss People’s Party MP Roland Buechel said yesterday the legislation would affect dozens of other international sporting organizations as well.
Buechel welcomed reforms announced this week, including the creation of an independent ethics court, but he wanted more done in the ISL marketing scandal, in which officials took millions in kickbacks for World Cup deals in the 1990s.
Buechel called action on that case a “litmus test” for how serious FIFA is about fighting corruption.
He said the resignation of honorary president Joao Havelange, named as having accepted ISL bribes, would be a good step.