Austrian prosecutors probe historic Fifa-ÖFB deal
Austrian corruption prosecutors are investigation a transaction between the ÖFB, the domestic soccer federation, and Fifa related to the re-election of Sepp Blatter, the erstwhile president of the sport's governing body.
ÖFB president, Leo Windtner (pictured), is being investigated for facilitating a $100,000 transfer from Fifa to a charity project in Africa that his wife was involved with, according to Austrian websites addendum.org and 90minuten.at.
The two media outlets reported that the money was sent from Fifa to ÖFB, but ÖFB then sent it back. Fifa eventually sent the money directly to the African project.
A spokeswoman for the corruption prosecutors’ office in Vienna told Reuters that a probe was underway but declined to name any suspects. She said the investigation relates to events in 2014, noting: "We are investigating the accusation that OFB officials demanded $100,000 from Fifa officials with regard to the election of the Fifa president. The money was supposed to go to an African soccer academy."
At the time of the transfer, Blatter was lobbying to be re-elected as Fifa president. The Swiss official was subsequently re-elected in 2015, but was suspended later that year amid the corruption investigations.
Windtner, who became ÖFB president in 2009, confirmed the transfer had taken place but said it was used for a good cause and that he had nothing to reproach himself for.
• The ÖFB has renewed its contract with Sporteo, the sponsorship and advertising agency, for four more years.
The new deal, which runs from 1 July to 30 June, 2022, covers the marketing of pitchside advertising for all homes matches of the Austrian national team in World Cup and European Championships qualifiers, the new Uefa Nations League and friendly internationals.
Sporteo has also secured the marketing mandates for the women's and under-21 national teams.
In addition, Sporteo will continue marketing the UNIQA ÖFB Cup, the national knockout clubs competition, for the next four seasons.
Sporteo took over the marketing of centralised sponsorship rights to the ÖFB Cup in 2011-12, and introduced LED advertising boards in the competition in recent seasons.