New scandal embroils Qatar 2022 with $22 million ‘suspicious transfer’

Sepp Blatter opens the envelope at Fifa headquarters to reveal that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. (AFP)

The Brazilian justice ministry and the FBI are investigating a transfer of $22 million made by Qatar and allegedly linked to the 2022 World Cup, French news website Mediapart reported on Sunday.

Brazilian and US prosecutors have investigated bank statements of the Brazilian Football Federation’s former boss, Ricardo Teixeira, who had opened an account at Pasche Monaco - a Swiss-based facility controlled by Credit Mutuel until in 2013.

They then noticed that a $22 million payment from the Qatari group Ghanim Bin Saad Al-Saad & Sons Group (CSSG) was made to this bank account in January 2011, shortly after Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament.

Mediapart reported that the CSSG, "led by businessman Ghanim Bin Saad Al-Saad, is at the heart of suspicions of corruption."

Targeted by a money laundering investigation and fraud between 2009 and 2012, Teixeira, boss of the powerful Brazilian Federation since 1989, resigned in 2012. He was a member of the Executive Committee of FIFA. which took part in the vote in December 2010 which awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Ricardo Teixeira is then "suspected of having participated in the alleged system to buy votes for Qatar among the 22 voters of FIFA."

But the issue is not just limited to allegedly buying votes.

The news site reported: "In early 2013, several transfers were in effect, issued the same day from his account, to Jack Warner who was then president of the Confederation of football North America, Central America and the Caribbean], as well as Mohamed Bin Hammam, President of the Confederation of Asian Football and Nicolas Leoz, President of the Confederation of South America.”


 

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