Tokyo ***wale: Fifa candidate questioned over World Cup bribes
Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo ***wale has appeared before a US grand jury in New York as part of an on-going investigation into World Cup bribes.
The BBC has learned that he was questioned in relation to an alleged $10m corrupt payment from South Africa to ex-Fifa vice president Jack Warner.
***wale appeared as a potential witness at the FBI's request on December 17.
He was a member of the bid board that successfully campaigned for his home country to host the 2010 World Cup.
A US criminal indictment claims the money was paid to Warner via a Fifa account, disguised as football development cash, in order to secure votes for South Africa's bid.
A grand jury is empowered under US law to investigate potential criminal conduct and determines whether criminal charges should be brought.
A spokesman for ***wale told the BBC: "He did appear before a grand jury. The FBI said he needed to appear and he went as a potential witness."
***wale is one of five candidates in the running for the Fifa presidency, with the election taking place on 26 February.
The news of the investigation into ***wale comes after Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body, and Uefa boss Michel Platini were been suspended for eight years from all football-related activities following an ethics investigation.