FIFA is in the middle of the storm after British newspaper – The Sunday Times – recently released a sensational report, suggesting that Qatar may have bribed the Football’s world governing body with millions of dollars to allow them to host the 2022 World Cup. The British Newspaper stated that a total of $880 million was offered to FIFA by Qatar’s representatives in order to get the rights to host the global tournament.
According to reports in various media, the newspaper in its report broke down the entire sum into two parts which shows that $400 million was paid just 21 days prior to FIFA’s announcement of Qatar hosting the World Cup 2022, and $480 million will be paid three years later.
According to the reports in the newspaper, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who also owns and controls state broadcasting agency – Al Jazeera, is believed to have signed a television contract that involved the initial $400 million. The contract reportedly also includes a “success fee” of $100 million, if the gulf nation emerged victorious from the 2010 World Cup ballot.
According to The Sunday Times, the leaked document read: “In the event that the 2022 competition is awarded to the state of Qatar, Al Jazeera shall, in addition to the rights fee, pay to FIFA into the designated account the monetary amount of $100m.” The newspaper also claimed that the International football governing body is all set to receive a multi-million-pound payment next month, which will include a portion of the above-mentioned success fee.
The newspaper further reported that the contracts are now a part of a bribe inquiry by Switzerland police. Meanwhile, FIFA is yet to make a comment on the latest allegations.