Sunday, May 31, 2015


Expensive works of art offered as inducements are at the center of the latest series of damaging allegations around the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, a published report claimed.
A painting, believed to be a Picasso, was allegedly gifted to Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president and FIFA executive member Michel Platini in return for his support for the eventually successful Russian bid for the 2018 global showpiece.
Another FIFA voting member, Michel D'Hooghe, from Belgium, was also the recipient of a landscape painting, given to him in a package wrapped in brown paper by Viacheslav Koloskov, a former Russian executive committee member working for his nation's attempt to host the 2018 tournament, it is alleged in a report in The Sunday Times.

This sounds remarkably like how Putin bribed Prince Albert of Monaco with a dacha built by Russian construction workers on the grounds of Roc Agel, the Prince's private estate.

In return, Albert, a member of the IOC, assured that Sochi would win as venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The following is reprinted from a December 2010 blog post:

Prince Albert II of Monaco is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

As such, Albert votes on where the Olympics shall be played. This is a highly-competitive business.

In early July 2007, the IOC met to vote on which city should host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Albert voted for Sochi, in Russia.

Several months earlier, Russian laborers began building a three-bedroom dacha (traditional Russian house) on the grounds of Roc Agel, Prince Albert's private estate in the mountains behind Monaco. 

The dacha was a personal gift from Vladimir Putin.

It is a violation of the IOC's Code of Ethics for an IOC Member to receive a gift from a country engaged in bidding to host the Olympic Games.

Albert never declared his gift to IOC's leadership.

He kept it secret.

This was a blatant violation of the IOC's Code of Ethics.

Rules Concerning Conflicts of Interest Affecting the Behavior of Olympic Parties

Article 3

A conflict of interest arises when personal and/or material involvement with suppliers of the Olympic party concerned.

Prince Albert breached the IOC's Code of Ethics when he agreed to receive the personal gift of a house from Russia, built from scratch by Russian laborers on his private property, at a time when the Russian city of Sochi was in competition to host the Winter 2014 Olympics.

Article 7

In the event that a person neglects to declare a situation of a potential conflict of interests, the IOC may refer the case to the Ethics Commission... leading to sanctions.

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