A 2007 e-mail sent by the second-in-command at FIFA, international soccer's governing body, shows that its disgraced president knew of a $10 million payment forwarded from South Africa's soccer federation to accounts controlled by a then-member of FIFA's Executive Committee.
Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Monday that the e-mail was sent by FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke to a South African government minister asking "when the transfer can be done." Valcke goes on to say that the plan to send the money to Jack Warner was "based on an agreement between our President [Sepp Blatter] and [South African] President [Thabo] M’Beki (sic)."
Valcke's role in facilitating the $10 million payment was first reported last week by The New York Times. The payment has been considered by many observers to be a bribe paid by South Africa's soccer federation to Warner as thanks for voting to give South Africa lucrative hosting rights to the 2010 World Cup.