Qatar deny corruption claims once more
March 20th, 2015

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Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, has insisted that his country did not bribe Fifa in order to host the 2022 World Cup.

Friday 27th February 2015
Fifa awarded the rich Gulf state nation the honour of hosting the biggest football tournament in the world ahead of Japan, South Korea, Australia and the United States.
Sheikh Al Thani has previously skirted around the topic in the past, and Qatar has continuously denied accusations of corruption in relation to their 2022 World Cup bid, but speaking to students at Georgetown University in Washington he addressed the issue.
“Those allegations, I’d just said, there is a Fifa and they had people investigating and everything they investigated with everybody, all officials in Qatar, and they found out that there is nothing about (that),” he said.
“This World Cup is for all the Arabs and that is why we were successful,” he added.
“I know that you guys here were very upset that Qatar, a small country, can beat this great country but I think you should believe that you know you can lose sometimes.”
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Categories: bribery, Middle-East,
Jordanian Prince in FIFA Bid: World football governing body dogged by corruption scandal
February 7th, 2015

From Ukraine Today

Jordanian royal Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, a close ally of UEFA President Michel Platini, announced plans on Tuesday to challenge for the leadership of world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body FIFA.

Categories: Middle-East,
April 20th, 2014


Taken from Eurasia Review

Link directly to @mideastsoccer blog

Efforts to reform Asian soccer governance have stalled more than a year after FIFA ousted disgraced former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Hammam in the sport’s worst corruption scandal that tainted multiple members of the executive committees of both the world soccer and the Asian soccer body.

Bahrain Football Association president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, elected last May to complete Mr. Bin Hammam’s curtailed tenure has yet to act on his electoral promise of far-reaching structural reform. Sheikh Salman was at the same time elected a member of the FIFA executive committee.

Sheikh Salman’s promise included acting on a devastating internal audit conducted by PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC). The audit served to unseat Mr. Bin Hammam on charges of conflict of interest.

“The audit’s purpose was to deal with Bin Hammam. It served its purpose. It’s been buried,” said an AFC executive committee member, suggesting that establishing facts as the basis for reform had not been the group’s primary purpose in commissioning the audit.

In fact, reform has all but disappeared from the AFC’s agenda with the removal of Mr. Bin Hammam, a Qatari national. Instead, with elections for the AFC presidency and FIFA’s Asian vice presidency scheduled for next year, attention is focused on efforts by soccer autocrats to rally the wagons in defence of their positions rather than democratize and make more transparent the group’s governance structures and efforts to further Asian soccer.
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Categories: Asia, bribery, Corruption, Human Rights, Middle-East, Security,
Mohsen Ghahremani suspended over corruption accusations
October 21st, 2013

Source – Tehran Times

Iranian football referee Mohsen Ghahremani suspended over corruption accusations
Source: Tehran Times
Iranian referee Mohsen Ghahreman has been suspended from all football activities until further notice. Ghahremani has been banned by anti-corruption committee of Iran Football Federation on Monday.
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Qatar World Cup controversy: bribes, slavery and alcohol
October 11th, 2013

Source – The Week

Decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state has given Fifa plenty of headaches.

THE decision to award the 2022 football World Cup to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar has caused controversy from the moment it was announced in December 2010. There have been rows about the voting, the political landscape in the country, the venues, their construction and the climate. Since the decision, Fifa has had its credibility questioned and has been dogged by allegations of corruption.
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