World Cup 2022: Major new claims of corruption in Qatar bid

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Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament

Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media.

The Bild newspaper says it has obtained the ‘suppressed’ 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

Bild’s report includes details of a $2m sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.

Garcia quit in December 2014 in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding process.

The American lawyer cited a “lack of leadership” as he left football’s world governing body, whose executives unanimously agreed to publish a “legally appropriate version” of his report.

That 42-page version cleared Qatar of corruption allegations.

Bild says it will be publishing the full details of Garcia’s 403-page report from Tuesday.

The newspaper claims:

  • Three Fifa executive members were flown to a party in Rio in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote for 2018 and 2022 hosting rights.
  • The Aspire Academy in Qatar was implicated “in a decisive manner” in “the manipulation of Fifa members who had the right to vote”.

In a Facebook post, Peter Rossberg – the journalist who claims to have obtained the report – said it “does not provide the proof that the 2018 or 2022 World Cup was bought”.

He described its findings instead as “like a puzzle that only makes sense when all parts are put together”.


French prosecutors have also been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and in April questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter “as a witness”.

France’s National Public Prosecutor’s Office began its investigation last year.

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