A leading MP has called on Fifa to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup after it emerged illicit payments of £3 million were made to corrupt officials. John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture select committee said: ‘There is now an overwhelming case that the decision to where the World Cup should be held in 2022 should be run again.’

A damning email dossier shows how Mohamed Bin Hammam former president of the Asian Football Confederation used the slush fund to garner support for Qatar’s bid to host the tournament. The Sunday Times reports that the bribes helped sway key members of FIFA’s 24-man ruling committee into giving the green light for the Arab emirate to host the tournament, despite its lack of football infrastructure.

It is alleged that delegates who decided upon the destination of the 2022 competition were treated to lavish junkets and large cash payments to secure their support. The secret dossier provides evidence of £3 million in cash payments to football officials across the globe in order to secure support for the Qatari bid.

When the decision was announced, there was shock as the Gulf state has no tradition of football or any suitable stadiums.

Also, concerns were raised that with temperatures exceeding 50c, it would be dangerous for both players and supporters… see more

source: Dailymail UK