Last Updated 01 | 06 | 2014 at 15:36


Fifa faces call to vote again over 2022 World Cup after leaked Qatari emails

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Fifa is facing a scandal and calls to rerun the bidding competition for the 2022 World Cup.

After the announcement that Qatar had won the bidding to host the prestigious event, reports surfaced that a former top Qatari football official paid $5m (£2.98m) to win support for the nation's campaign to host the event.

Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, described Fifa as a "bit of a cesspit" and suggested there was evidence of a "very serious crime" following the reports.

He told Sky News's Murnaghan programme: "The idea of another voting session with all this money sloshing around is almost too much to bear. But on the other hand, […]this is evidence of a very serious crime. And the fact that the allegation is that they used dollars, US dollars, means that the justice department in Washington has jurisdiction over this […]. If the justice department started to take an interest in this, I think Fifa would feel the heat very, very quickly."

The British Sunday Times said it had obtained a substantial amount of emails and other documents relating to alleged payments made by Mohamed bin Hammam, when he was still the Fifa executive member for Qatar. The paper said Bin Hammam, used slush funds to pay out the cash to top football officials to win support for Qatar's World Cup bid.

Bin Hammam was removed from the committee after he was caught up in a corruption scandal in 2011 concerning his ‘failed campaign for its precidency’.

According to the newspaper, Bin Hammam used 10 slush funds in total controlled by his private company and cash handouts to make dozens of payments of up to $200,000 into accounts controlled by the presidents of 30 African football associations. These in turn influenced how Africa's four executive members would vote. He also allegedly hosted lavish junkets for these African officials at which he handed out almost $400,000 in cash.

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