Qatar World Cup Unraveling? Sunday Times Details Bribery and Corruption in FIFA

Nick Short

4 months ago

March 10, 2019

The state of Qatar secretly ordered $400 million to FIFA just 21 days before the governing body controversially decided that the 2022 World Cup would be held in the tiny desert country, new leaked documents have revealed in an explosive report in the The Sunday TimesThe files, seen by The Sunday Times, show that executives from the Qatari state-run broadcaster Al Jazeera signed a television contract making the huge offer as the bidding campaigns to host the World Cup were reaching a climax.

 

Moreover, the Sunday Times has also seen a copy of a second secret television rights contract for a further $480 million that was offered by Qatar three years later — shortly before FIFA cut short its investigation into corruption in the bidding process & suppressed its findings. Meaning, FIFA was directly ordered almost $1 billion by the Qatari state at crucial times in its efforts to host and retain the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

 

 

While today’s revelations are indeed damaging to FIFA itself, it should serve as a reminder that for half a century, Qatar has been exceptionally successful at buying and obtaining influence to advance its interests not only with FIFA but in Washington, D.C. as well.

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Nick Short

Nick is a political analyst & consultant specializing in social media management and intelligence. Nick received his BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University, and his work has been published at Conservative Review at at his own website, Political Short.