Former FIFA Vice President "Paid Millions By Firm Linked To World Cup Bid"

It is alleged Jack Warner and his family accepted almost $2 million (£1.2 million) from a firm linked to Qatar’s successful bid.

1. The decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup has continually been shrouded in controversy.

Jack Warner pictured left. (Photo: Michael Regan / Getty)

The organising committee has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the bidding process but the Warner allegations are the latest to centre around claims of corruption.

The Telegraph claims Warner was personally paid $1.2million (£720,000) by a company owned by Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Fifa executive member for Qatar, while payments of $750,000 (£450,000) were also made to Warner’s sons and another $400,000 (£240,000) was paid to one of his employees.

The payments are reported to have been made shortly after the decision was made in December 2010 to award Qatar the World Cup.

2. The FBI is now said to be investigating Warner and his links to the Qatari bid.

(Picture: Sean Gallup / Getty)

Warner stood down from his role in 2011 after being accused of facilitating bribes to members of the Caribbean football union on behalf of Bin Hammam when the latter was standing against Sepp Blatter in the election to be Fifa president.

Bin Hammam was banned from football for life over the alleged incident. The ban was later overturned only for it to be reinstated over “conflicts of interest” while he was president of the Asian Football Confederation.

Responding to the Telegraph’s claims, a spokesman for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee said: “The 2022 bid committee strictly adhered to FIFA’s bidding regulations in compliance with their code of ethics.

“The supreme committee for delivery and legacy and the individuals involved in the 2022 bid committee are unaware of any allegations surrounding business dealings between private individuals.”

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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