Michel D'Hooghe

For the cyclist, see Michel D'Hooghe (cyclist).
Michel D'Hooghe (2013)

Michel baron D'Hooghe is a Belgian member of the FIFA Council[1] and Chairman of the medical committee of the FIFA.[2] D'Hooghe, a medical doctor, was President of the Royal Belgian Football Association (1987-2001) and Chairman of the medical committee of the FIFA. He was President of Club Brugge KV (2003-2009). In 2001 he was ennobled as a baron.[3]

In August 2011 he admitted that Vyacheslav Koloskov, an adviser for Russia's successful bid for the 2018 World Cup, visited him in his hometown of Bruges and gave him a valuable painting while lobbying for his vote.[1] He has since described the painting as a "poisonous gift" and has notified FIFA officially about it, since its acceptance is in contravention to the FIFA rules that govern lobbying.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "Russian World Cup lobbyist gave painting to FIFA chief", Sunday Times, 14 August 2011, page 7
  2. FIFA Medical Committee
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