LONDON, AP - Organisers of the 2022 World Cup distanced themselves yesterday from allegations of corruption involving two former high-ranking FIFA officials that raised new questions about Qatar's winning bid for the tournament.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Britain alleged yesterday it has evidence that former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and his family were paid almost $US2million ($F3.67million) from a company controlled by Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari who used to be an executive committee member of world football's governing body.
According to documents seen by the newspaper, a note from one of Warner's companies, Jamad, to Bin Hammam's firm, Kemco, requested $US1.2million ($F2.20million) for work carried out between 2005 and 2010.
The note was dated December 15, 2010, two weeks after Qatar was awarded the World Cup. The payment was made in 2011.
Payments totalling $US750,000 ($F1.3m) were paid to Warner's sons and a further $US400,000 ($F735,440) to one of his workers, the Telegraph alleged.
The transactions were processed via a bank in New York and have come to the attention of the FBI, which the newspaper alleged is investigating Warner and his links to the Qatar bid.
Qatari organisers said yesterday their bid "strictly adhered to FIFA's bidding regulations in compliance with their code of ethics".
"The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the individuals involved in the 2022 Bid Committee are unaware of any allegations surrounding business dealings between private individuals," the statement said.