FIFA whistleblower says she fears for her safety
“I will be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life,” she said
FIFA whistleblower Phaedra al-Majid, who made allegations of corruption against Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid, said in an interview that she will “look over my shoulder for the rest of my life.”
Al-Majid, a former employee of the Qatar 2022 bid, said a FIFA report into corruption in that bid and the 2018 bid, awarded to Russia, had ignored some of the evidence she gave investigators.
“I will be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. It's cost me my credibility and the security of me and my children, however I did witness something and believe I did have to say what I witnessed,” she said in an interview with Sky TV.
Meanwhile, she told the BBC that her accusations introduced her to "a whole new culture of paranoia, fear and threats."
Al-Majid did not say who had threatened her.
Al-Majid had worked as an international media officer for the Qatar 2022 bid team before she lost her job in 2010, according to the BBC.
“If you are asking me do I regret being the Qatar whistleblower, it has cost me personally, it cost me emotionally,” Al-Majid added.
Russia and Qatar were cleared on November 13 by a FIFA judge of corruption in their winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert formally ended a probe into the bidding contests, almost four years after the vote by the governing body’s scandal-tainted executive committee. No proof was found of bribes or voting pacts.
“The evaluation of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process is closed for the FIFA Ethics Committee,” the German judge wrote in a statement released by FIFA.
(With Reuters and the Associated Press)