World football’s governing body FIFA is facing yet more allegations of corruption over its decision to award Middle-Eastern state Qatar the 2022 World Cup, BBC
The Sunday Times has obtained millions of secret documents which appear to suggest that corruption was rife in the bid from Qatar. The newspaper alleges that the emails, letters and bank transfers are proof that former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam paid up to £3m to football officials in return for support of Qatar’s campaign to host the World Cup.
Bin Hammam has since been banned from football for life, having been found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of bribery, which related to his efforts to stand against president Sepp Blatter at the election in 2011.
The decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup was made in December 2010, and it has been a subject for controversy ever since, with the prospect of the competition taking place in summer looking unlikely.
The documents claimed by the Sunday Times seem to prove that Bin Hammam was lobbying on his country’s behalf for at least a year before the decision was made, although he and the organisers of Qatar 2022 have strenuously denied any rumours of corruption. The organisers have refused to comment on these latest allegations.