- Associated Press - Sunday, June 1, 2014

GENEVA (AP) - FIFA’s controversial choice of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup is again under scrutiny amid calls to re-run the vote.

British newspaper The Sunday Times has reported that Mohamed bin Hammam, the Qatari former FIFA executive committee member, paid $5 million in patronage, gifts and legal fees to senior football officials.

The newspaper says it received “hundreds of millions” of emails and documents from a “senior FIFA insider.”

They detail conversations about payments and money transfers from accounts controlled by Bin Hammam, his family and Doha-based businesses.



That Mohamed bin Hammam systematically paid millions of dollars to some colleagues on FIFA’s ruling executive committee and officials across Africa.

A total of $1.6 million to disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner includes $450,000 before the December 2010 vote, when FIFA’s board chose Qatar despite health risks for players and fans posed by the desert heat. As CONCACAF president, Warner should have supported his region’s candidate, the United States, which Qatar beat 14-8 in the final round.

Bin Hammam also paid 305,000 euros ($415,000) toward the legal case of Reynald Temarii, a FIFA vice president who was barred from voting after a Sunday Times cash-for-votes report in October 2010.

Temarii’s appeal to FIFA blocked his Oceania confederation deputy voting for Qatar’s rival Australia.



Not necessarily. The stories do not link FIFA board members directly asking for or getting cash and favors for their World Cup votes.

The emails also do not appear to connect Qatar’s World Cup bid officials directly with corruption attempts.

Though the Ivory Coast federation then led by FIFA board member Jacques Anouma - who pledged to “push very hard the bid of Qatar” - received payments of $400,000 in June 2009 and October 2010, these were FIFA funds through its “Goal” development program chaired by Bin Hammam.

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