Qatar denies claim of cash offers to World Cup voters


DOHA, Qatar –

A longstanding whistleblower allegation that Qatar supplied cash to voters throughout its profitable bid to host the World Cup was denied once more by officers in a Netflix documentary launched Wednesday.

The four-part present “FIFA Uncovered” straight put the query to key Qatari official Hassan Al-Thawadi — the bid marketing campaign chief in 2010, now heading the World Cup organizing committee — of whether or not he took half in providing $1.5 million to every of three FIFA voters from Africa.

Whistleblower Phaedra Almajid has claimed for greater than a decade she was within the room with Al-Thawadi at a resort in Angola in January 2010 when cash was supplied to the three males, who had been amongst 24 voters set to decide the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts later that yr.

“My response, particularly on the Phaedra scenario, it is frustration,” Al-Thawadi advised interviewers for the Netflix present. “They are inherently false and there are details on the bottom that show they’re false.”

Almajid’s claims added to a cloud of suspected wrongdoing hanging over Qatar lengthy after it received the vote by FIFA’s govt committee in December 2010. Qatar’s bid crew has all the time insisted it adopted marketing campaign guidelines set by FIFA.

The alleged offers to African voters had been detailed in May 2011 by a British parliamentary listening to which acquired proof from The Sunday Times newspaper. They implicated, and had been denied by, Issa Hayatou and Jacques Anouma plus a 3rd man, Amos Adamu, who had been suspended by FIFA for monetary misconduct earlier than the World Cup votes.

Almajid was in Angola engaged on the bid’s worldwide media relations however was fired quickly after.

She later testified to a FIFA-appointed investigation of the 2018-2022 bidders led by Michael Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney in New York and now a decide in state courts.

Garcia’s report in 2014, which FIFA didn’t publish in full till 2017, dismissed Almajid’s proof. It concluded she was incorrect about one other Qatari bid official witnessing the offers and urged she had altered her proof.

Almajid repeated her claims to “FIFA Uncovered” and stated the cash was supplied to Africans’ nationwide soccer our bodies and never the lads personally.

Netflix is airing the FIFA program lower than two weeks earlier than the World Cup begins Nov. 20.


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