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Fifa hit by new Qatar World Cup corruption claims

Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has said that awarding Qatar World Cup was a 'mistake'
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The former Fifa vice-president, Mohamed Bin Hammam, paid football officials up to US$5m (£3m) to secure their backing for the 2022 bid, The Sunday Times has alleged.

The newspaper claims that it has correspondence and bank transfers that support the allegations against Bin Hammam.

New evidence of corruption will give football’s governing body a huge headache, as it prepares for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, which has faced problems of its own.  

Responding to the revelations, the current vice-president of Fifa, Jim Boyce, said that an inquiry is underway, led by the organisation’s chief investigator Michael Garcia, and he also stated that Qatar’s hosting of the tournament may be reconsidered.  

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Boyce said: "I would have no problem if the recommendation was for a re-vote.

"If Garcia reports that wrongdoing happened for the 2022 vote then it has to be looked at very seriously.

"The Fifa executive committee are 100% behind Garcia. He will be allowed to go and speak to anyone from around the world to complete his mission. All evidence should go to him and we will then await a full report on his findings."



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