The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has started preliminary investigations into the allegation that the President of the Uganda FA was involved in illegal sale of 2014 World Cup tickets.
On May 30th a member of the Ugandan Parliament representing Makindye West, Allan Ssewanyana petitioned FIFA regarding the Uganda FA President, Moses Magogo Hassim’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. He accused Magogo for violation and breach of the FIFA statures, code of ethics and disciplinary code, under the articles 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.
The Parliamentary member 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.
In a letter seen dated June 9th and signed by Mrs Maria Claudia Rojas, chairperson of the investing chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, she states that investigations have started. But she further requests for more information and documents in relations to documentation of the said alleged sale of tickets not later than June 19th.
The 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 FUFA Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Watson said he has not received any communication from FIFA.
But 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 & Bukenya Advocates (the Lawyers of the Person of the FUFA President) awaiting any legal steps from whatsoever authorities and any related questions and answers shall be a reserve of the legal team,” said the Uganda FA.