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Fresh allegations of corruption hit 2022 World Cup


06-08-2014 19:44 BJT

Qatar’s former FIFA vice president, Mohammad Bin Hammam, has come under further scrutiny. A British newspaper has published new allegations that he has used his wealth and top level contacts to buy support for his country’s successful bid.

The Sunday Times, which last week claimed that the former FIFA Executive Committee member made payments totaling 5 million U.S. dollars to senior football officials to seal support for Qatar, also accused Bin Hammam of using 1.7 million U.S. dollars to secure key Asian votes.

The report also claims that Bin Hammam arranged government level talks for Thailand’s FIFA executive Worawi Makudi to discuss a gas sale "potentially worth tens of millions of U.S. dollars to Thailand".

Makudi was quoted by the Sunday Times as denying that gas deal came in exchange for supporting Qatar to host the World Cup.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy denies any wrong-doings and says Bin Hammam played no official role in the bid committee.

In a statement released on Saturday, FIFA said the executive reaffirmed its position of letting FIFA's independent ethics prosecutor undertake investigation before making any comment.

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