London conference to discuss case of Qatari bribery to host 2022 World Cup



Thu, 31 May 2018 - 05:59 GMT


Thu, 31 May 2018 - 05:59 GMT

FIFA’s logo – Press image courtesy of FIFA’s official website

FIFA’s logo – Press image courtesy of FIFA’s official website

CAIRO – 31 May 2018: An international press conference was held in London to discuss the case of Qatari bribery to host the 2022 World Cup.

During the conference, one of the speakers confirmed that there is a lack of desire among the administrative bodies in sport in general at both the administrative level and sports arbitration to achieve sports integrity and put all the football authorities under control

"We found bribery cases in which FIFA is involved; however FIFA always considers itself as bigger than international investigations and international inspections," the speaker said

U.S. and Brazilian prosecutors revealed that Qatar paid $22 million to former president of the Brazilian Confederation (CBF) Ricardo Teixeira to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, French online news website Mediapart reported at the end of 2017.

Brazilian Justice Ministry and the FBI discovered the transfer after they had investigated the bank statements of Teixeira from an account he had opened at a Swiss-based facility called Pasche Monaco.

Mediapart reported that Qatari group, Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group (CSSG), transferred the payment to Teixeira’s bank account in January 2011; one month after Qatar had taken the international tournament.

"In early 2013, several transfers were in effect, issued the same day from his account, to Jack Warner who was then president of the Confederation of Football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, as well as Mohamed bin Hammam, president of the Confederation of Asian Football, and Nicolas Leoz, president of the Confederation of South America,” according to Mediapart.

Teixeira who resigned from his position at the Brazilian Football Federation in 2012 was accused of money laundering and fraud throughout his 23-year tenure. He voted for the tournament to be held in Qatar.

This came in light of former Argentine football marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco’s confession on November 14, 2017, in the U.S. court hearing on the corruption case that has hit the International Federation of Football Association since 2015.

Burzaco also pointed out that the late FIFA senior Vice-President Julio Grondona took $1 million to vote for Qatar to host the tournament in 2022.

Furthermore, three former South American football officials are currently on trial, accused of being involved in a £120 million bribery scheme, related to broadcasting and hosting rights for football tournaments.

In September, the Arab Federation for Human Rights called for pulling the 2022 World Cup from Qatar by providing two reports. One report claims that Qatar monetarily bribed officials in order to host the World Cup, Saudi News Channel reported.

Qatar aims to use sports, especially the World Cup, to project itself on the global stage, which is one of the reasons why Qatar has been hosting an array of sporting events.

Qatar will suffer from the delay of materials necessary to construct the nine stadiums and the huge infrastructure necessary to host the 2022 World Cup after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain closed the only land route into Qatar and refused to allow them to use their sea ports or airspace.

In September, the boycotting countries did not participate in the draw for the Middle East soccer tournament in Doha and declared they wanted to postpone the tournament.



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