Switzerland: FIFA probes alleged sale of Uganda World Cup tickets to Brazil

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - FIFA has started preliminary investigations into allegations that the President of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), Moses Magogo Hassim, was involved in the illegal sale of 2014 World Cup tickets, meant for Uganda, to Brazil.

In a letter dated 9 June and signed by Mrs Maria Claudia Rojas, the chairperson of the investing chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, she stated that although investigations have started, she has requested for more information and documents in relation to documentation of the said alleged sale of tickets not later than 19 June.

On 30 May, a member of the Ugandan Parliament, representing Makindye West, Allan Ssewanyana, petitioned FIFA regarding Magogo's alleged involvement in the sale of 2014 World Cup tickets that had been allocated to Uganda.

Ssewanyana, also a co-owner of a lower Division team, Katwe United Football Club, questioned the integrity and moral authority of Magogo, accusing him of violation and breach of the FIFA statures, code of ethics and disciplinary code, under  articles 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

The MP, who also has copies of correspondences by mail between Magogo through the FA address and the contacts in Florida, USA (Howard Schwartz), where the tickets were allegedly sold, said 177 tickets were allocated to Uganda and none was sold to Ugandans.

Colombian prosecutor, Rojas, together with Greek judge Vassilios Skouris early this year replaced Swiss investigator Cornel Borbely and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, who had combined well to ban numerous football officials in recent years.

When contacted, Edgar Watson, the FUFA Chief Executive Officer, said he has not received any communication from FIFA and the Uganda FA communications department denied that they illegally sold the 2014 World Cup tickets.

"The details of the petition, its merits and demerits have been submitted to Kabega Bogezi

15 june 2017 06:00:44

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