According to information from Worldthe former Tahitian vice-president of FIFA, Reynald Temarii, has been indicted for “pive private corruption” in the context of the judicial investigation opened by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office into the controversial awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar .
In September 2022, The Team told the starting point of the ruler’s troubles. On September 24, 2010, Reynald Temarii, President of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), received in his office in Auckland, New Zealand, a certain David Brewster, sent by an English company called Franklin Jones. This lobbyist explained that he was acting in the interests of a consortium of American private companies wishing to “secure” the votes of members of the FIFA executive committee in favor of the United States, with a view to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup or 2022.
A Luxembourg investment fund attracts the attention of investigators
The interview would last “98 minutes”. Not one more. During this exchange, the president of the OFC would have indicated in particular to the intermediary that he was looking for 3 million New Zealand dollars (1.70 M€), to build a training center in Auckland. While specifying later, in the conversation, that this possible financial istance would not have an influence on his vote…
Last month, the investigation related to the methods of awarding the 2022 World Cup had reached a new stage. A Luxembourg investment fund, Peninsula Capital, had its premises searched. According to the weekly Marianne, French investigators from the Anti-Corruption Office (Oclciff) and Luxembourg investigators had conducted the search on the initiative of the investigating judge of the Paris court, Serge Tournaire. Justice would be interested in possible financial movements – of 3.3 million euros – linked to former President Nicolas Sarkozy.