Fifa’s $5m corruption bombshell

Football has descended into another “bout of mudslinging”, with details of the bribes and gifts that allegedly secured Qatar’s victory in its bid to stage the 2022 World Cup, says Matthew Syed in The Sunday Times.

A “bombshell cache of millions of documents” leaked to the newspaper reveal how Mohamed bin Hammam, the disgraced former vice-president of Fifa, made payments worth more than $5m to senior football officials in order to secure votes for Qatar.

The revelations come at a time when Fifa’s top internal investigator, Michael Garcia, has spent more than a year examining allegations of bribery and corruption [...]

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