With more and more evidence of FIFA corruption surrounding the 2022 Qatar World Cup bid trickling in, another new piece has been revealed.
According to a report in The Telegraph, Antonia Wigand Teixeira, the 10-year-old daughter of Ricardo Teixeira, had an account set up in her name with an initial deposit of over $3 million.
Teixeira is the former Brazilian Football Confederation president and FIFA executive committee member, and has a long history of corruption, stepping down from his position in 2012.
The alleged amount of money exceeds the amount that former CONCACAF president Jack Warner was accused of receiving from a Qatari firm a month ago. The Telegraph broke that story as well.
According to The Telegraph, the deposit to Teixeira’s daughter is thought to have been made by former Barcelona president and head of Nike Brazil, Sandro Rosell. The two are reportedly very close.
That would raise questions on whether the deposit involves the Qatar World Cup, or whether it has more to do with approximately the same total that Rosell was thought to have illegally received in regards to Brazilian national games.
In January, reports revealed Rosell had received around $4 million via his company Ailanto Marketing Ltd in direct connection with a 2008 friendly Brazil played against Portugal.
With Teixeira not wanted to be involved in the Brazilian investigation of Rosell, he recently moved to Miami.
Teixeira has been involved with shady situations in the past as well. In 1994, while returning with the Brazilian National Team from the World Cup in the United States, he scoffed at having to go through customs, and it was discovered he had many undeclared items such as computers, electronic appliances, and a beer-making machine.
In 2010, the BBC reported Teixeira took bribes in regards to the awarding of television rights for the World Cup. He waited a year to respond, finally calling the British media “corrupt” and said he would make the BBC’s “life a living hell.” He stepped down from the FIFA executive committee shortly thereafter.
FIFA’s ethics committee are currently involved in an investigation of the 2022 World Cup bid, with chief investigator Michael Garcia reportedly pouring through numerous business deals.