Nov 14, 2010

Qatar World Cup Bids Scandal: alleged World Cup vote-selling

Qatar's World Cup Bid under Investigation Following Vote Trading Allegations the Spain-Portugal and Qatar bids "could be kicked out of the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after they came under investigation by FIFA's ethics committee

Spain-Portugal and Qatar World Cup dirty deal

British newspaper The Sunday Times ran a report and video on Sunday by undercover journalists posing as lobbyists, which included reported remarks by ex-FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen about Spain-Portugal and Qatar's bids to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.

FIFA said it had asked the newspaper to provide more evidence for a probe into the scandal.
"Last week, the FIFA's ethics committee sent us a letter to inform us that it had decided to open an investigation as the Iberian candidature was suspected of having reached a deal with Qatar," the head of the Spain-Portugal bid, Miguel Angel Lopez, said on Thursday.
"We are clean," he said.
"There is no deal with any candidate at all."
The affair is part of a wider scandal involving alleged corruption in the World Cup bidding process.
Alleged World Cup vote-selling
FIFA has already provisionally suspended two senior officials and launched its own investigation over alleged World Cup vote-selling.
FIFA's executive committee is to choose the winning host countries for 2018 and 2022, with an announcement due on December 2.
England and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium are in the running to host the 2018 World Cup. For 2022, the contenders are Australia, Japan, Qatar, Russia and South Korea.

Australia’s bid for the 2022 world cup benefit greatly

If Qatar is found guilty of attempting to swap World Cup votes then Australia’s bid for the 2022 event will benefit greatly.
A potential scandal has emerged with reports that the Spain-Portugal and Qatari bid committees have agreed to try and swap votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, sparking an investigation.
If this alleged vote swap happens to be true, FIFA will be forced to kick out both bids which would knock out one of Australia’s main contenders for the 2022 tournament.

Arab nation have gone against standard protocol
The 2018 Cup is almost certain to go to Europe, hence Spain-Portugal’s desire to push harder by allegedly going against the legal code of behavior to oust the likes of England, Russia and Belgium-Netherlands.

With Qatar playing a big part in the bid for the 2022 event along with Australia, Japan, South Korea and the USA, it will reduce the number of bids to four if FIFA find that the Arab nation have gone against standard protocol.
Now we suggest that we all will congratulate Australia because of its fair bid and fair play

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