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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


As the Qatar’s 2022 bid team released a statement saying they “categorically deny any wrongdoing in connection with their winning bid,” so did Jerome Valacke; who claimed when he said Qatar ‘bought’ the World Cup what he really intended to say was: “When I refer to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, what I wanted to say is that the winning bid used their financial strength to lobby for support.”

On a side line to the controversy, there are the allegations that Bin Hammam offered close to $100,000 for fellow FIFA members to buy votes for his run for the FIFA presidency. Things were further complicated by a leaked picture which shows four stacks of money allegedly offered to Caribeean football official. In a rather, ahem, subtle touch, the alleged envelope has a “Bahamas” casually written across it. The envelope supposedly contained four stacks of $10,000. Apparently the money had been presented to the officials on May 10th at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Trinidad, where members of the Caribbean Football Union had been invited to listen to a talk by Bin Hamam, who by the way, picked up the tickets and expenses of the officials for the trip. After the talk, the attendees were asked to come to a special conference room to pick up a gift-wrapped in a brown envelope.


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