Qatar “bribed” FIFA with $2m for World Cup vote

A top executive at world football’s governing body received payments worth over $2m from a Qatari firm linked to the Gulf state’s successful World Cup 2022 bid, according to a report in the UK.

An investigation from the Daily Telegraph newspaper found that former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was personally paid $1.2m by a company controlled by Mohammed bin Hammam, a Qatari national and disgraced ex head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), just days after the successful bid was announced in 2010.

The newspaper said that further payments worth $1.15m were made to Warner’s sons and one of his employees. The Telegraph reported that it is understood that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation was probing Warner’s alleged links to the Qatari bid, while his eldest son was also co-operating with authorities.

At least one bank in the Cayman Islands reportedly refused to process the payment over fears of its legality, before being signed off via an unnamed bank in New York .That transfer reportedly caught the attention of US federal investigators.

Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium by Zaha Hadid Al Wakrah