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The Business of the FIFA controversy

Kipp takes a look at the multi-layered scandal that has rocked the world of FIFA in the last couple of weeks.

June 5, 2011 4:57 by


When a British parliamentary inquiry in May into why England failed to secure the rights to be the host for the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place, MP Damian Collins told the parliament that there was evidence from the Sunday Times newspaper that Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast were paid by Qatar. Shortly after an ethics investigation is opened into Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation (and also Sepp Blatter’s only challenger in the FIFA presidential election early June) and Jack Warner concerning a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union earlier that month. Matters get worse when an email from FIFA general secretary Jerome Valacke gets leaked. In the email, Valacke says he wonders whether Bin Hammam thought by standing against Blatter for the FIFA presidency thought he could “buy Fifa as they [Qatar] bought the WC”.


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