New corruption allegations in 2022 cup vote

新的腐敗指控在2022年世界杯投票

 


Under a front-page headline of “Gas deal turns heat on World Cup,” the newspaper alleged that Bin Hammam arranged meeting and favors for voters in the months leading to the ballots.

It alleged that Bin Hammam arranged government level talks for Thailand's FIFA executive Worawi Makudi to discuss a gas sale “potentially worth tens of millions of dollars to Thailand” and that he was invited to visit Vladimir Putin before Russia and Qatar's victories in the votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The Sunday Times, which last week claimed that the former FIFA Executive Committee member made payments totaling US$5 million to senior football officials to seal support for Qatar, also accused Bin Hammam of using US$1.7million to secure key Asian votes.

LONDON -- FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar came under further scrutiny as a British newspaper published new allegations that Mohamed Bin Hammam used his wealth and top level contacts to buy support for the oil-rich country's successful bid.
 

The 2010 vote, which awarded football's biggest tournament to the tiny desert state, is under investigation by FIFA's independent ethics prosecutor. Qatar organizers deny any wrongdoing.

In a statement released on Saturday following its Executive Committee's second meeting of the year in Sao Paulo, FIFA said “the executive reaffirmed its position of letting the ethics committee complete its work before making any comment.”

Former Committee Member Brokered Meetings: Reports

According to the newspaper, which says it had access to millions of secret documents during its investigation, Bin Hammam brokered two secret meetings with Qatari royals to discuss a major gas deal with a senior aide to Makudi.

“The exact nature of the deal on the table is unclear, but it came as Thailand sought to save tens of millions of pounds by renegotiating an arrangement with Qatar to purchase 1 million tons of liquefied natural gas each year at a contractual price it considered too high,” the newspaper said.

The Sunday Times said that Makudi denied that he had received a personal “concession” from his involvement but did not elaborate.

Bin Hammam is no longer a committee member of world football's governing body after being caught up in a corruption scandal surrounding his failed campaign for its presidency in 2011.

 

Dirty Money

The Sunday Times claimed that the US$1.7 million Bin Hammam paid to Asian officials from funds controlled by his private company Kemco were used as he was campaigning for both the Qatar World Cup bid and for his own re-election to the post of president of the Asian Football Confederation.

The newspaper said he was invited to a meeting by Russia to discuss “bilateral relations” in sport between Qatar and Russia on October 30, 2010, a month before the vote on the bids.

“Two days later, Qatar's ruling emir also flew to Moscow for talks about joint gas production deals between the two countries,” the Sunday Times said.

倫敦 - 國際足聯決定授予2022年世界杯卡塔爾正在進一步審查之際,英國一家報紙發表新指控哈曼用他的財富和頂級接觸,以購買石油資源豐富的國家成功申辦的支持。

星期天時代,該公司上週宣稱,前國際足聯執行委員會成員作出的付款總額為500萬美元的高級足球官員密封卡塔爾的支持,還被控利用約為170萬,以確保關鍵的亞洲選票哈曼。

據指控,哈曼安排政府級別會談的泰國國際足聯執行Worawi Makudi討論一個天然氣銷售“數千萬美元來泰國潛在價值”,他應邀訪問普京俄羅斯前和卡塔爾的勝利中票2018年和2022年世界杯。

下一個頭版標題“天然氣協議變為熱的世界杯,”該報聲稱,哈曼安排的會面,並在通往選票月厚待為選民。

2010年的投票,其中獲得足球的最大的比賽,以微小的沙漠國家,現正調查國際足聯的獨立檢察官職業道德。卡塔爾主辦方否認有任何不當行為。

在之後的一年中其執行委員會的聖保羅第二次會議上週六公佈一份聲明中,國際足聯表示“執行重申又讓做任何評論之前,倫理委員會完成其工作的立場。”

前委員會成員撮合會議:報告

據本報表示,它有它的調查過程中獲得數以百萬計的秘密文件,哈曼與斡旋卡塔爾王室成員2秘密會議,討論與高級助手Makudi一個主要的天然氣交易。

“這筆交易對表中的確切性質還不清楚,但它來泰國尋求節省數百萬英鎊以重新談判與卡塔爾的安排,每購買1年萬噸液化天然氣的協議價格,它認為太高,“該報說。

星期日泰晤士報說,Makudi否認他已經收到了個人的“讓步”,從他的介入,但沒有詳細說明。

哈曼不再是世界足球的管理機構的委員會成員被捲入圍繞他的競選失敗,其總統在2011年的腐敗醜聞之後。

 

洗錢

星期日泰晤士報稱,170萬美元,哈曼支付給亞洲的官員從他的私人公司KEMCO控制的資金被用來作為他競選雙方的卡塔爾世界杯申辦,並為自己連任的總統一職亞洲足球聯合會。

這家報紙說,他被邀請參加一個會議由俄羅斯,討論10月30日,2010,一個月就投標進行表決之前卡塔爾和俄羅斯之間的“雙邊關係”的運動。

“兩天後,卡塔爾的埃米爾統治也飛抵莫斯科約兩國聯合天然氣產量的​​交易談判,”星期日泰晤士報說。

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