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A person familiar with the cases confirmed the names Thursday to The Associated Press after the five were identified in European media reports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the FIFA probe, led by Michael Garcia, is confidential.
The others under suspicion are German great Franz Beckenbauer and Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile.
Beckenbauer was a FIFA voter when the board chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar secured the 2022 tournament. He was provisionally suspended during the World Cup in June for initially refusing to help Garcia’s probe.
Last week, FIFA ethics committee chairmen Michael Garcia and Joachim Eckert said “a number of formal cases” had been opened against unidentified individuals. FIFA also referred Garcia’s investigation report to Swiss federal prosecutors, adding to a sense of disarray about the wider World Cup investigation.
Villar, who was elected to FIFA’s ruling board 16 years ago, was a leader of the Spain-Portugal bid that was among four candidates in the 2018 contest. It lost despite a widely reported voting pact with Qatar, in breach of FIFA rules to prevent collusion.
One bidder was “particularly uncooperative” with Garcia’s requests, Eckert noted in his investigation summary. Among the nine bidders, only Spain-Portugal’s was not examined in Eckert’s 42-page document.
D’Hooghe, the longest-tenured board member with 26 years’ service, previously acknowledged accepting a painting from a Russian former FIFA colleague during the campaign. He has said he voted only for his native Netherlands-Belgium bid in the five-nation 2018 contest.
D’Hooghe did not respond to messages requesting comment Thursday.
Makudi joined FIFA’s board in 1997 and was a longtime ally of Mohamed bin Hammam, the now-disgraced Qatari who was a key FIFA power broker.
Makudi was alleged in Britain’s Parliament to have sought favours from England’s failed 2018 bid. He denied the claims that a FIFA ethics panel dismissed in 2011 before Garcia and Eckert were appointed.
Villar must meet a late-January deadline to declare as a candidate in UEFA elections that will choose four of its eight delegates on the FIFA ruling board. The vote of European football federations is March 24 in Vienna.