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  • FIVB Exec Not Worried About Legal Claims


    (ATR) The chief executive for the international volleyball federation says he is not worried about a continuing inquiry from Swiss prosecutors over an error in FIVB financial statements from 2002. Jean Pierre Seppey tells Around the Rings there was no intent to deceive.

    Swiss prosecutors this month reinstated an inquiry into the FIVB after it being dismissed in December 2004, a move which could result in forgery charges.

    Seppey says he is not permitted to make much comment on the case, due to Swiss law, which requires confidentiality for ongoing investigations.

    But he insists that the issue involves a minor point, the omission of a note in the financial report from the FIVBâ??s auditor concerning commissions paid by FIVB for the sale of sponsorships and TV rights. Under FIVB policy, executives and officers of the federation receive a 10% commission on those sales.

    FIVB is believed to be the only international federation with such a policy, but neither does FIVB employ a marketing agency which ordinarily would carry out these sales, albeit at a higher rate of commission.

    â??It makes me laugh,â? says Seppey about the reinstatement of the inquiry which resulted from an appeal by deposed Argentine volleyball leader Mario Goijman. Seppey says Goijman is pursuing a vendetta against the FIVB following his banishment from the sport for breaking federation ethics rules.

    â??All attacks from Goijman have been rejected,â? says Seppey about the barrage of complaints filed by the former president of the Volleyball Federation of Argentina.

    Since the 2002 World Championships in Buenos Aires, Goijman has been trying to build a case of financial mismanagement against FIVB President Ruben Acosta and executives at the FIVBâ??s Lausanne headquarters. So far, Swiss prosecutors have not filed charges against FIVB officials, despite raids on the Lausanne headquarters and seizure of FIVB records.

    Thereâ??s no word from Swiss authorities as to what might happen next with the FIVB inquiry.