Organizers of the 2022 World Cup distanced themselves Tuesday 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 Tuesday it has evidence that former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and his family were paid almost $2 million from a company controlled by Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari who used to be an executive committee member of world soccer’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 $1.2 million for work carried out between 2005 and 2010. The note was dated Dec. 15, 2010, two weeks after Qatar was awarded the World Cup. The payment was made in 2011.Payments totaling $750,000 were paid to Warner’s sons and a further $400,000 to one of his employees, 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 organizers said Tuesday the bid ”strictly adhered to FIFA’s bidding regulations in compliance with their… Read full this story
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