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Old 05-10-2011, 12:09 PM
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Member of Parliament Damian Collins said that unpublished evidence from an investigation by The Sunday Times newspaper shows that Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast were paid $1.5 million to vote for Qatar. The Gulf nation beat the United States in December in the final round of voting for the right to host the 2022 tournament.

The allegations were made in the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, which is looking at England's failed bid for the 2018 World Cup as part of a wider inquiry into soccer governance.

The panel also heard from the former head of England's bid, who described the conduct of executive committee members Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz, Ricardo Teixeira and Worawi Makudi in the 2018 contest as "improper and unethical."

Please kick Jack Warner out. Please kick Jack Warner out.
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darnit, we're the richest country on the planet, and we couldn't beat 1.5 million for a vote?
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We're too litigious imo. Anyways, I'm glad the British government is doing something useful for the first time in the history of that country.
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Two of FIFA's executive committee members have been accused of bribery by one of their colleagues in the most serious of a string of recent corruption scandals at football's worldwide governing body.

American Chuck Blazer claims Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam offered bundles of dollar bills worth up to $40,000 (25,000) in exchange for votes in the forthcoming elections for the presidency during a summit in the West Indies.

Bin Hammam is the only challenger to current president Sepp Blatter in the vote - scheduled for June 1st - and he suggested the accusations were a "tactic" by the incumbent to reduce his level of support.

"I completely deny any allegations of wrongdoing either intentionally or unknowingly while I was in the Caribbean," he added.

CONCACAF chief and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, meanwhile, has also been accused of bribery by Mr Blazer, who has collated a bundle of damning evidence including photographs and sworn affidavits from Caribbean officials who say they were offered cash for development projects.

In a statement, FIFA said: "In view of the facts alleged in this report, which include bribery allegations, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has requested the FIFA ethics committee to open proceedings."

Bin Hammam and Warner will appear before the committee on Sunday and could face lengthy bans if the allegations are proved correct.
Keep your fingers crossed, Jack could be banned on Sunday!
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Blatter is under investigation now.

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/new...-investigation

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Blatter is the eighth current member of FIFA's 24-man ruling panel under investigation for alleged corruption. Two former members were suspended after a British newspaper investigation into vote-trading leading to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes.
1/3 of the ruling panel is under investigation, including both canidates for president. Curious if the vote still happens on Wednesday.
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Wow. Shit has really hit the fan in FIFA in the last couple of days. From what I've read, Bin Hammam and Warner are banned, Blatter figured he could cruise into Wednesday and win the new election unopposed, and now nations are rallying to object to such an election taking place. There is a LOT more to it than that, but I don't understand it all so I'm not going to attempt to explain it. Obviously a lot of high level scheming and corruption going on.
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Well.. no one else nominated anyone to run. No one was willing to take a stance against Blatter..
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http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?...rld_cup_060111

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Good. Qatar doesn't need a goddamn worldcup
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The United States could still host the 2022 World Cup after soccer’s governing body continued to be plagued by a deep-rooted bribery scandal that has rocked the sport to its core.

The American bid to host the tournament ended in disappointment in December, when members of governing body FIFA’s executive committee made the shocking decision to award the event to Qatar, a tiny Arab state with a population of fewer than two million people.

However, a storm of controversy has erupted around FIFA in the past week, reaching a head when it was revealed that general secretary Jerome Valcke wrote in an email that Qatar had “bought the World Cup.”

Suspicions about how Qatar had gathered the necessary support and outwitted the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea immediately flared up, and were raised again in May when Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper presented evidence that claimed to show bribes had been paid in exchange for votes.

Influential FIFA member Theo Zwanziger, president of the German Football Federation, demanded on Wednesday that Qatar be stripped of its hosting rights pending a full investigation – and that a new vote should be taken if any corrupt activity is unearthed.

“There is a certain degree of suspicion that one cannot sweep aside,” Zwanziger told the BBC. “I must expect that awarding this World Cup under these conditions needs to be examined anew.”

The scandal has intensified over the past week as FIFA president Sepp Blatter survived a fraught battle to win another four-year term in office but only after his lone rival, Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam, was suspended pending an investigation into alleged corrupt payments made to soccer officials in the Caribbean.

FIFA vice president Jack Warner was also suspended in connection with the same matter but then came out fighting, accusing Blatter himself of making unauthorized cash payments and gifts of computers to officials associated with CONCACAF, the North American and Caribbean confederation of which the United States is a part.

Blatter, a 75-year-old Swiss executive who has been in office since 1998, was handed a final four-year term in a vote at FIFA’s congress. He received 186 out of 203 votes.

Although Blatter remains in control, he was forced to announce widespread changes to appease FIFA’s sponsors and a furious worldwide soccer public. From now on, each of FIFA’s 208 members will receive a vote on where future World Cups will be held, rather than a select 24-man executive committee.

Significantly, the full FIFA Congress will also be given power to elect members of the governing body’s Ethics Committee, which oversees FIFA conduct and would ultimately be responsible for any decision to order a fresh vote on the 2022 World Cup. That move, in particular, will give U.S. Soccer great hope and cause grave concern in the Qatar camp.

The United States put up a strong challenge to host the 2022 tournament, reaching the final round of voting before Qatar prevailed 14-8. If a revote was ordered, the American federation would be a strong favorite, with Australia its primary challenger.

The political shenanigans have naturally gained far greater media coverage in countries other than the United States, where soccer is more ingrained in the public psyche. But if the sport’s hour of darkness shakes out into a satisfactory conclusion, there may be no bigger winner than the United States.
IMO, we've got a long way to go before we can really start talking about the possibility of a 2022 USA World Cup. There is still a LOT of corruption in that organization, and if the money-holders want a Qatar World Cup, they'll get one.

I think one of the best things to come from this is the bolded. At least that will spread the bribery dollar thinner.
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IDK that it would help much in this case. The bribes that have been discussed so far are 40k. Not much for the big countries, but to soccer officials from third world countries, that's huge. Considering they payed Zidane 15 million, 208 x 40k = 8.32 million is nothing.
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