new suspicions of corruption at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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The British daily Sunday Times says it has documents showing payments of $ 880 million in total from Qatar to FIFA.

Posted on March 10, 2019 at 11:13 – Updated on March 10, 2019 at 11:37

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Press conference by Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, Doha, Qatar, December 13, 2018.
Press conference by Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, Doha, Qatar, December 13, 2018. Naseem Zeitoon / REUTERS

The British Sunday Times newspaper says in its Sunday, March 10 edition to hold evidence of payments of $ 880 million in total from Qatar to the International Football Federation (FIFA) to win the organization of the World Cup from 2022.

According to Sunday TimesAl-Jazeera, owned by the Qatari state, made payments of $ 400 and $ 480 million three years apart to win a secret deal on the broadcast of the meetings. These alleged payments would have taken place 20 days after the designation of the host country and after the closure of the FIFA internal investigation to answer the accusations of corruption.

According to Sunday Times, a new investigation was opened by the Swiss justice.

In an email sent Friday to Sunday Times in response to his questions, FIFA stated that "The allegations related to the awarding of the FIFA World Cup 2022 have already been thoroughly commented by FIFA, which in June 2017, published the entire Garcia report on Fifa.com".

The award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took place in December 2010. It had quickly sparked controversy, with suspicions of corruption against the emirate gas.

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In November 2014, the German Hans-Joachim Eckert, co-chair of the FIFA Ethics Committee, made his findings based on the investigation report conducted by former US prosecutor Michael Garcia on the attribution of the 2018 Worlds. and 2022.

He had considered that if dubious conduct had accompanied the process of awarding the World Cup, they could not be described as corrupt facts or call into question the vote of attribution.

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