Those in charge of the 2022 World Cup are under scrutiny after fresh bribery allegations. The Sunday Times has published documents revealing that a former vice-president of FIFA, Mohamed Bin Hammam, spent $5 million on bribes. He allegedly used slush funds to pay 30 African football associations. In addition, he tried to influence the African block’s vote on the World Cup executive committee.
Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee distanced itself from any wrongdoing. However, they stressed that they followed the code of ethics of FIFA. In an effort to stave off negative publicity, Qatar spent fortunes on public relations.
FIFA has been accused of large-scale human rights abuses, and several officials have been arrested or reprimanded in recent years. FIFA’s business model is money hungry, and a shady business model has become the norm. In 2010, Qatar won the World Cup bid. It beat bids from the United States and South Korea. In December, FIFA named Qatar as the host nation for 2022.
FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, has expressed strong words about the allegations. “We are deeply concerned about the allegations against Qatar,” he said. In addition, he said that FIFA was working to “investigate the claims against Qatar.”
According to the Sunday Times, Bin Hammam spent $5 million on bribes. The newspaper compiled documents from an electronic database of millions of emails and accounts. They also used documents provided by a “senior FIFA insider.”
According to the newspaper, Bin Hammam paid $30 African soccer association presidents and a “highly successful” FIFA vice-president, Jack Warner. The former VP was not a member of the 2022 bid committee.