The bribes in the millions, the worker deaths in the hundreds, so how long do we let this travesty of a World Cup continue? It depends how seriously FIFA are prepared to take the next item on the Qatar 2022 agenda.
The photographs and reports that place leading members of the World Cup delivery team in the same room as advocates of murder. The links, the official support, for men who preach violence.
The more one peers beneath the surface of Qatar’s grand coming out ball, the more dangerous FIFA’s choice of host becomes. Jack Warner isn’t the half of it. Wait until the world discovers who else Qatar likes to do business with.
A friend of the 2022 World Cup bid speaking, do not forget. And suddenly the corrupt former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner looks the least troubling of Qatar’s social circle. Warner now stands accused, with his family, of accepting roughly $2m from the Qatari bid, the deal uncovered in an investigation spearheaded by the FBI. Mohamed Bin Hammam, the FIFA executive member for Qatar, is alleged to have paid $1.2m to Warner in 2011.
A note from one of Warner’s companies, Jamad, to Bin Hammam’s Kemco enterprise requests the payment for work carried out between 2005 and 2010. The document is dated two weeks after Qatar secured the World Cup. Separate payments to Warner’s sons and a company employee are said to amount to a further $1m. Then there is the mounting death toll of construction workers, which the International Trade Union Confederation estimates, at the current rate, will reach 4,000 by the time the tournament begins.
‘Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee’s Security Committee as well as Minister of State for Internal Affairs, chaired meetings with Hamas interior minister Fathi Hamad. ‘
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