FIFA: Legal problems delay kickbacks case document

December 6, 2011 - 8:26 AM
Brazil Olympics IOC Havelange Resigns

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 1997 file photo, FIFA president Joao Havelange speaks at a press conference in Rio De Janeiro. The Associated Press has learned that longtime Brazilian member Joao Havelange has resigned by letter Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, from the IOC, just days before facing suspension in a corruption case stemming from his days as president of FIFA. (AP Photo/Renzo Gostoli, File )

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says legal problems have postponed its promised publication next week of a Swiss court document naming soccer officials who took millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup broadcast deals.

FIFA says the planned Dec. 17 publication, relating to the 10-year-old ISL scandal, has been held up by "legal measures ... taken by one of the parties involved."

FIFA says more legal analysis "will postpone the envisaged publication of the ISL file."

The BBC has reported that the document implicates former FIFA President Joao Havelange and Ricardo Teixeira, the 2014 World Cup organizing committee president.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter promised to publish the document in his anti-corruption drive after bribery and vote-buying scandals.