Senior MPs have called for a Fifa investigation into the $2m bribery claims surrounding the 2022 World Cup bid which was won by Qatar, and should consider stripping the nation of the tournament.
Yesterday the Telegraph revealed that a former official, Jack Warner, and his family, received almost $2m from a company linked to the host nation’s successful bid.
Speaking to the newspaper, various ministers voiced concern over the astonishing claims.
According to the Telegraph, Clive Efford, the Labour MP for Eltham and Plumstead and shadow sports minister, said: “Fifa should carry out a full investigation. It looks like there may have been serious corruption in the bid and it has to raise serious concerns about sending the World Cup to Qatar.
“If Fifa looks into all the information and finds that there is corruption, they should reopen the bidding process.”
Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “if wrongdoing is found, the tournament should be moved elsewhere.”
Tessa Jowell, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and former secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said: “These are very surprising revelations. It’s a very large amount of money and in everyone’s interests, including Jack Warner’s, that this matter is investigated.”
John Whittingdale, the chairman of the parliamentary culture, media and sport committee, said that the payments “provide further evidence that casts doubt over the credibility of the entire process to select Qatar as the country to host the 2022 World Cup”.