Amid converted calls for FIFA to capsizal the contentious decision to hand the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, new research by the Mail on Sunday has shown just how much the oil-rich state spent on deals including genuine trade deals in the sequence of politicization in the run-up to the 2010 vote.
Qatar won the final round of voting 14-8 against the USA in the administrative board ballot. The MoS analysis suggests that Qatar spent a shocking £17.2 billion directly and indirectly on the way to victory.
Much of this sum was on goods and services for Qatar including aerospace orders, a football club, sponsorship agreements, land and general exposure. The details are in the accompanying panel.
There were also millions of pounds of cash payments made to an enormous range of football officials from secret slush funds controlled by Qatar’s supervisory committee member Mohammed bin Hammam.
These payments and paths of new detail about how Bin Hammam won the right for Qatar to host the event are detailed in a book published last week, The Ugly Game, by investigative journalists Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert.
Former FIFA head of security Chris Eaton has called for any new evidence to be considered by FIFA even though he now works for Qatar. And a high-level group of European politicians the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has approved a resolution calling on FIFA to re-run the ‘illegal’ bidding process.
Qatar is the world’s richest country in per capita income and even the £17.2bn is minor compared to the $200bn (£132bn) budgeted for World Cup facilities and supporting infrastructure.
What the money was spent on
Michel Platini from France spent £14.72bn on orders for airlines from France and Airbus; then buying PSG; then setting up BEIN SPORTS; and buying Ligue 1 TV rights, succeeding a Nov 2010 meeting attended by Qatar’s Sheik Tamin, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Platini, who admits voting for Qatar and says he was encouraged but not forced to do so.
Nicolas Leoz form Paraguay spent £1.33bn on a enery infrastructure contract between Sheik Hamad of Qatar and Paraguay’s president Fernando Lugo on Aug 18, 2010 after Qatar’s FIFA administrative voter Mohamed bin Hammam’s planned trip to lobby Leoz was replaced with governmental trip.
Worawi Makudi from Thailand spent £1.23bn on gas deal arising from meeting, arranged by Bin Hammam, between key aides to Makudi at the Thai FA and Qatar’s most senior energy official on Aug 16, 2010 in Doha.
Angel Maria Villar Llona from Spain spent £150m on sponsorship of Barcelona by Qatar Airways was one deal brokered via Spain’s voting pact with Qatar, which later became an open secret, even acknowledged by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Various African and struck-off officials spent £99m on bid budget and miscellaneous expenses. This included cash spent on buying exclusive access to influence Confederation of African Football voters ($1.8m); meetings to offer $1m to the son of struck-off voter Adams Adamu for performance a dinner; and costs shielding another struck-offer voter, Reynald Temarii of Oceania.
Julio Grondona from Argentina spent £59m spent on allegedly spent clearing the debts of Argentina FA; and unconfirmed sums paid by Qatar firm to sponsor November 2010 Argentina-Brazil friendly in Doha.
Marios Lefkaritis from Cyprus spent £27m on the piece of land owned by Lefkaritis in Nicosia by Qatar investment firm. Lefkaritis doesn’t deny the deal but denies any misconduct.
Ricardo Teixeira from Brazil spent £6.7m on sponsoring Brazil which are including against Argentina in Qatar in 2010 by Qatari interests.
Various officials spent £4.8m on alleged cash bungs by Bin Hammam from 10 slush funds to a range of football officials from across Africa ($5m) and Asia ($1.7m) among others.
Issa Hayatou from Cameroon & Jacques Anouma from the Ivory Costa each spent £1m on alleged in Parliament that they were given grants for no-strings ‘development’ funding.
Jack Warner from the Trinidad &Tobago spent £933,000 on two cash lumps allegedly linked to Warner’s support, and then his silence, over corruption.
Other voters for Qatar contained within Chung Mong-joon of South Korea, whom Bin Hammam later helped sheltered honorary FIFA vice-presidency, and Junji Ogura of Japan, seen as squeaky clean, who voted for Qatar after Japan dropped out. Bin Hammam voted for Qatar and the 14th vote is understood to have come from either Senes Erzik of Turkey, whose PM is a close friend of the Qatar royals, or Hany Abo Rida of Egypt, paid to join Bin Hammam on protest trips.