48 watches gifted to Fifa officials to be donated to charity

€23,300 watches were given to heads of 32 associations who reached Brazil World Cup

Luxury watches handed out to Fifa officials as gifts are to be redistributed to fund a charity working on football projects in Brazil.

The 48 Parmigiani watches, worth £16,400 (€23,300) each and over £750,000 (€1.06m) in all, were given by the Brazil FA in gift bags to Fifa executives and the heads of the 32 football associations who qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

Fifa’s ethics committee demanded the watches be returned — though only 48 of the 65 have surfaced — and will give them to the organisation streetfootballworld which will sell them on.

The saga has left FA chairman Greg Dyke some £3,000 (€4,200) out of pocket — he was unaware of the value of the watch but when he learned of its worth had to pay import duty before returning it to Fifa.


A statement from Fifa’s ethics committee said: “After having investigated the matter thoroughly, the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee found evidence that from the initially intended 65 watches offered by the CBF to football officials, several officials had, in fact, not received a watch.

“Following said investigations and after contacting all potential recipients, 48 watches were returned to the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee.

“The investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, led by its chairman Dr Cornel Borbely, decided that all watches returned to Fifa would now be donated to the international non-profit organisation streetfootballworld, who will directly invest all resources generated through the sale of the watches into initiatives across Brazil that use football to drive social change.”