Fifa faces call to vote again over 2022 World Cup after leaked Qatari emails clearly expose that a series of payments to officials by Mohamed bin Hammam, who was FIFA’s member for the host country. It is believed (as reported by Guardian) that a former top Qatari football official paid $5m (£2.98m) to win support for the nation’s campaign to host the event. The shocking turn of events is sure to jolt the very base of foundation in Football’s top organizing body.
Clive Efford, the shadow sport minister, said the new revelations “called the governance of football into question”. “No one will have any confidence in a FIFA investigation run by Sepp Blatter,” he said. “If these allegations are true then those involved should resign.”
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Excerpts from the Telegraph: It is alleged that Bin Hammann used 10 slush funds controlled by his private company and also made cash handouts to make a plethora of payments of up to $200,000 (£120,000) into accounts controlled by the presidents of 30 African football associations.
The African football officials held sway over how the continent’s four executive members would vote. It is also claimed he gave more than $1.6 million (£950,000) directly into bank accounts controlled by Jack Warner, the Exco member for Trinidad and Tobago, including $450,000 (£270,000) before the vote. Earlier it was alleged that Bin Hammann had paid Warner and his family more than £1 million shortly after Qatar won the rights to stage the tournament.
It also puts the credibility of FIFA in testing waters for Football’s top governing body will now perhaps have to reinstigate bids for the 2022 World Cup.