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German media publish claims of corruption in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid

Claims of an alleged corruption in Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media, BBC reports. Bi...

Claims of an alleged corruption in Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media, BBC reports.

Bild newspaper says it has obtained the "suppressed" 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

According to the BBC, Bild's report includes details of a $2m (£1.6m) sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.

Garcia quit in December 2014 in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding process.

The 2014 42-page version report cleared Qatar of corruption allegations, but Bild says it will be publishing the full details of Garcia's 403-page report from Tuesday.

The newspaper claims:
  • Three Fifa executive members were flown to a party in Rio in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote for 2018 and 2022 hosting rights.
  • The Aspire Academy in Qatar was implicated "in a decisive manner" in "the manipulation of Fifa members who had the right to vote".
BBC cited Peter Rossberg, the journalist who claims to have obtained the report in a Facebook post, which read it "does not provide the proof that the 2018 or 2022 World Cup was bought".

The journalist described its findings instead as "like a puzzle that only makes sense when all parts are put together".

French prosecutors have also been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and in April questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter "as a witness".

However, Fifa's inquiry looked at the conduct of all nine bidding teams who were trying to win the right to stage the 2022 World Cup or the 2018 event, which was awarded to Russia at the same ceremony in 2010.

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