Qatar dismisses US allegations of bribery at the FIFA World Cup

Qatar dismisses US allegations of bribery at the FIFA World Cup

Posted on Apr 9, 2020

London: Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar strongly deny allegations of bribery to get votes to host the US Justice Department's tournament.

Rumors have long been on the FIFA executive's 2010 voting in relation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the tournament in Qatar in 2022.

However, for the first time on Monday, the prosecutor made formal allegations about both tournaments.

According to the prosecutor, representatives working for Russia and Qatar bribed FIFA executive committee officials to convert votes into important host decisions on the governing body of the World Football.

The allegations were rejected by the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC).

"They are part of a long-term case, not a bid for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bid," he said.

"Despite years of false claims, this could not prove that Qatar has hosted FIFA World Cup 2022 immorally or against FIFA bidding rules," he said.

Although FIFA has reacted to previous media allegations about the Qatar bid process, saying that it will not have an impact on the tournament, US allegations raise further questions about hosting the tournament in November and December 2022. 

The allegations alleged that 3 members of FIFA's 2010 Executive Committee South America, Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, the late Nicholas Lewis of Paraguay, and an unidentified co-conspiracy worker took bribes to vote in Qatar to host the 2022 tournament.

The Department of Justice also alleges that then-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner was paid $ 5 million by various shell companies to vote for Russia to host the World Cup.

Russian authorities on Tuesday dismissed the charge of bribing Warner.

"We cannot understand what this is about and how to react," Alexi Sorokin, Russia's leading football official, told the Associated Press.

"Our committee had nothing to do with it, it seems like a conspiracy," he said.


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