FBI investigates $2m corruption accusations at Fifa over Qatar World Cup

A senior Fifa official was given $1.2m by a Qatari businessman just after the country won its 2022 World Cup bid.

Jack Warner, former vice-president of Fifa, was allegedly paid $1.2m by a company controlled by former Qatari football official Mohamed Bin Hammam.

The FBI is also investigating a further $750,000 in payments made to Warner’s sons and $400,000 to one of his employees, according to the Telegraph.

Football fans were baffled when Qatar was revealed as the location for the 2022 World Cup but now the bizarre decision to host the football tournament in the desert nation might make a lot more sense, if the corruption allegations prove to be true.

This is the latest in a string of corruption allegations made against Fifa:

·         Before the decision was made for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, two of the 24 Fifa committee members were caught trying to sell their votes and suspended

·         A whistleblower also said three African members sold their vote to a bidder

·         A parliamentary committee in the UK held an inquiry to find out why England’s bid failed. It found four Fifa committee members (including Warner) had asked for business deals and favours in exchange for their vote.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Why am I not surprised? How else would the otherwise totally unsuitable country, climate-wise, get the World Cup

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  • Anonymous

    It would be more surprising to learn that there had been no bribery. FIFA are well known for tax evasion and bribes on an industrial scale.

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