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World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar

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Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media.

The Bild newspaper says it has obtained the ‘supressed’ 2014 report authored by former Fifa Independent investigator Micheal Garcia.

Bild’s report includes details of a $2m (£1.6m) sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.

Garcia quit in December 2014 in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding process.

The American lawyer cited a “lack of leadership” as he left football’s world governing body, whose executives unanimously agreed to publish a “legally appropriate version” of his report.

That 42-page version  Cleared Qatar of Corruption allegations.

Bild says it will be publishing the full details of Garcia’s 403-page report from Tuesday.

The newspaper claims that Three Fifa executive members were flown to a party in Rio in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote for 2018 and 2022 hosting rights,The Aspire Academy in Qatar was implicated “in a decisive manner” in “the manipulation of Fifa members who had the right to vote”.

Speaking before he resigned, Garcia said the version of his report that Fifa published contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.

Simon Johnson, who led England’s 2018 bid team said: “Now that I have seen Mr Garcia’s statement, I am absolutely convinced that the report is a politically motivated whitewash.”

British MP Damian Collins also described it as “a whitewash” and “an attempt to con people”.

“The result is that allegations of bribery and serious wrongdoing remain unanswered and they are still suppressing the full report,” he added.

Maluki Bernard / writer.


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