For alleged fraud, Qatar would be without World Cup

February 2, 2013

The French magazine ‘France Football’ dropped the bomb. On the cover of the latest publication leaves a clear message “Qatargate”, ensuring that the 2022 World Cup was cynically bought by the Arabs, and could run out of the contest.

‘France Football’ magazine quoted an internal email from FIFA, in which the general secretary, Jérôme Valcke, said: “They have bought the 2022 World Cup.” And while the manager tried to clarify that the post was “funny”, is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

The weekly published “Top 10 players in the World Cup 2022″, among which includes the Asian federation president, Mohammed Bin Hammam, banned for life last December, the president of the Argentina Federation and FIFA vice president Julio Grondona, the former president of the Brazilian Federation (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira, who resigned in March to the committee of FIFA and the CBF on corruption charges, and the Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

The publication says that there was a “secret meeting” on November 23, 2010, attended by Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani, the ruler of Qatar, Michel Platini, President of UEFA, and Sebastien Bazin, representative of Colony Capital, head of PSG, which then went through great financial difficulties.

Although FIFA said it had no comment, the Ethics Commission, chaired by former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia, intends to lead a thorough investigation on the matter, so that Qatar could lose the headquarters of the World Cup.

According to ‘France Football’, US would be the favourites to regain the World Cup if the Arabs did not organize it.

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