A BBC Panorama documentary aired on Monday claimed that Qatar spent £117m to win successful bids to host the 2022 World Cup.
The evidence came from Lord Triesman, the former FA chairman and leader of England’s doomed 2018 bid who was forced to resign from both positions following a female civil servant tape-recording unproven allegations that he made about Spain and Russia attempting to bribe referees.
Triesman tells Panorama that the Qatar figure which is almost six times what England spent on their 2018 campaign came from contacts close to British intelligence.
As reported by Mail Online, Triesman said: “I was told by two sources that have always been very reliable with good information, good intelligence that the sum Qatar spent on their bid was £117m.”
Lord Triesman then added: “I take the straightforward view that it should be possible when you look at the money that people have spent to know exactly how it was spent and whether it was legitimate or not.”
Qatar’s bid chairman however did not respond to the claims by the Panorama program ‘FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me’ made by veteran investigative reporter Andrew Jennings.
The FIFA corruption scandal escalated last week when US Attorney General announced that 16 FIFA officials and associates have been found guilty by FBI’s ongoing investigation. Swiss authorities are also carrying out a separate probe into the murky 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.
The FBI is closing on banned president Sepp Blatter not only over his alleged involvement in a £6.6m bribe paid by the South African Government via FIFA for disgraced Jack Warner’s 2010 World Cup vote, but also over his alleged role in the £66m bribes scandal surrounding FIFA’s defunct marketing partners ISL with former President Joao Havelange and arch rogue Ricardo Teixeira amongst those who took hordes of money in return for lucrative TV and marketing rights.
Blatter denied the allegations but as reported by Mail Online, Panorama claims that it has seen a letter obtained by FBI and written by Havelange which says: “I emphasise that Mr Blatter had full knowledge of all activities’ and was ‘always apprised’ of them.”
The FBI said: “Among other things the prosecutor is investigating Havelange’s statements implicating Blatter.”
Meanwhile, UEFA’s Michel Platini will produce some flimsy evidence at his ethics hearing next week. The ethics investigative committee has recommended to ban him for life along with Blatter over the £1.35m consultancy fee paid nine years late to Platini for FIFA work.