World Cup: Sunday Times report alleges $5 million in Qatari payoffs and FIFA VP calls for potential 2022 re-vote
Another day and another report about the alleged corruption that led to Qatar winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup over the United States.
But the one that emerged on Sunday is different.
English outlet The Sunday Times published a detailed report titled "Plot to Buy the World Cup" which tracks a sum of $5 million that was allegedly used by Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam to garner support from his fellow FIFA executives at the time, including former CONCACAF president Jack Warner. The article is based on emails and documents provided by a senior FIFA insider.
The 2022 Qatar Bid Committee denied any wrongdoing and FIFA did not provide comment in reaction to the report.
And while the media continues to dig up dirt, FIFA chief investigator Michael Garcia is still preparing his own report that will be submitted to the world governing body. And depending on what it reveals, at least one FIFA executive committee member is open to a re-vote.
"If Garcia comes up with concrete evidence and concrete evidence is given to the executive committee and to FIFA, then it [a re-vote] has to be looked at very seriously," said FIFA vice president Jim Boyce.