Reports of cash payments, luxury gifts and all-expenses-paid trips for Fifa officials are coming under increasing scrutiny in the wake of a World Cup bid alleged corruption scandal that threatens to put Qatar’s place as 2022 tournament hosts in question.

The results of an investigation by the consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were published online last night by the Sunday Times, and according to the newspaper highlighted payments to a string of senior officials, including Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

The report also draws attention to what it says is a series of payments from the Asian Football Confederation, purportedly on behalf of its then-president Mohamed bin Hammam – the man accused by the Sunday Times of paying £3 million in bribes to secure Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

As well as highlighting a $1 billion (£600 million) rights deal awarded by the confederation allegedly without the contract going to tender.

According to The Times, the report states: “However, no direct evidence has been identified to confirm a link between the payments…and the awarding of the [rights agreement].”

The PwC report also apparently detailed expenditure on shirts worth $1,983 said to have been made to Mr Blatter, and suits worth $4,950 to Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)…. see more

source: independent UK