Qatar hit by fresh World Cup corruption scandal

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Qatar has been hit with damaging new allegations of corruption over its controversial 2022 World Cup bid as a French news website revealed on Sunday that US and Brazilian prosecutors are investigating a suspicious transfer of $22 million (Dh80.80 million) allegedly made by the Gulf nation.

Mediapart reported that the multi million dollar payment had been made from Qatari group Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group (CSSG) to the bank account of the Brazilian Football Federation’s former chairman Ricardo Teixeira in January 2011, one month after Qatar was awarded the international tournament.

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The discovery was made by the Brazilian justice ministry and the FBI who were investigating bank statements of Mr Teixeira from an account he had opened at a Swiss-based facility called Pasche Monaco, controlled by Credit Mutuel.

The website said that the CSSG, “led by businessman Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad, is at the heart of suspicions of corruption”.

Mr Teixeira resigned from his role at the Brazilian Football Federation in 2012, having been dogged by allegations of money laundering and fraud throughout his 23-year tenure as boss.

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Source Credit: The National

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