Fate of 2022 World Cup in question after allegations of corruption

BY Ariel Min  June 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM EST
Image by Flickr user Calcio Streaming

Image by Flickr user Calcio Streaming

The bid for World Cup 2022 could be reopened within the next few weeks in the wake of allegations of corruption in the Qatar bid.

The Sunday Times reported June 1 that FIFA officials received bribes to help Qatar to win the World Cup bid four years ago according to leaked documents. The newspaper said the banned former Qatari official Mohammed bin Hammam, also a former FIFA vice president, paid officials gifts and luxury trips along with other favors to secure Qatar’s successful bid.

“The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee always upheld the highest standard of ethics and integrity in its successful bid…we vehemently deny all allegations of wrongdoing,” the Qatari statement said in defense, denying Hammam’s involvement in the bid.

Michael Garcia, former U.S. prosecutor and current head of FIFA’s investigative committee, has been leading an internal investigation into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Garcia announced Monday that he will meet with Qatar soccer officials as part of the probe and report back in July.

Back in March, a separate report by the Daily Telegraph had revealed documents that showed the former vice president of FIFA had received $1.2 million from a Qatari firm after Qatar won the 2022 World Cup bid. The firm in question is controlled by bin Hamman.