|Qatar accused of paying millions to tainted football official
A former senior official of FIFA and his family were paid US$1.2 million from a Qatari firm liked to the Gulf state's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup finals, according to a report in today's edition of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
The Telegraph said Jack Warner, (Pictured) the former vice-president of FIFA, appeared to have been personally paid US$1.2 million from a company controlled by a former Qatari official shortly after the controversial decision to award the country the tournament, AFP reports.
Payments of almost US$750,000 were made to Warner's sons, according to documents seen by the Telegraph. A further US$400,000 was paid to one of his employees.
The Telegraph also said a company owned by Mohamed Bin Hammam, the then FIFA executive member for Qatar, appeared to pay US$1.2 million to Warner in 2011.
Bin Hammam, who launched an abortive challenge against incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter, resigned from his FIFA and Asian Football Confederation posts in 2012, shortly before was banned for life from football administration by the global governing body's ethics committee.
Warner was one of the most experienced members of the executive committee until he stood down in 2011 and served as vice-president of FIFA for 14 years.
He was one of the 22 people who decided to award Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 tournament.
In June 2011, Trinidad-based Warner resigned from all football posts after he was accused of facilitating bribes to members of the Caribbean football union (CONCACAF) on behalf of Bin Hammam, who was standing against Blatter.
A FIFA ethics committee found there was “compelling'' evidence Warner was ''an accessory to corruption.’’
The Telegraph said Warner and his family had declined to comment on their report but a spokesman for Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee told the paper: “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.''