Qatar and Russia responded Tuesday to corruption allegations after US prosecutors accused them of paying millions in bribes for rights to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.
According to the documents US Department of Justice on Monday, FIFA officials received bribes to vote for the award of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament Qatar.
Doha said he “firmly denies the allegations contained in the court documents,” while the Kremlin said it “absolutely legally obtained the right” to host the world football show 2018.
legal action in the United States is linked to a corruption scandal in 2015 large scale of this world gFIFA board eft into turmoil and led to the fall of the then president Sepp Blatter.
In the years that followed, the United vernmen Unisnt accused a total of 45 people and various sports associations of more than 90 crimes and
pay or accept more $ 200 million in bribes.
“Russia absolutely legally obtained the right to host the World Cup,” the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Supreme Committee of Qatar for delivery in a statement the allegations “are part of a long-standing case, the subject is not the call for tenders of the World Cup 2018/2022 . “
the time of the competition, which is se held in November and December 2022, remain unchanged pandemic coronavirus that has already forced the postponement of the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games of Tokyo. The two will now take place in 2021.
The last centers of legal action from the United Unissur two former executives of Fox American media giants who have been accused of corruption, bank fraud and money laundering Monday.
But federal prosecutors also highlighted fresh scandal on war bidding flawed for 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
An act of superseding indictment unsealed Monday issued detailed corruption surrounding the 2010 vote in Zurich which saw the FIFA prize
2018 World Cup to Russia and the CupWorld 2022 in Qatar.
Blatter told AFP that “there was a gentlemen’s agreement in the Executive Committee of FIFA” to award the 2018 tournament to Russia and the 2022 edition in Qatar.
“It is,” added Blatter, who chaired the two bidding process and is currently banned from football. The indictment said the former Brazilian F
IFA member Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay officially ended, the two members of the FIFA committee who voted on the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, received the payment of bribes in exchange for voting for the Qatar bid.
In addition, along the Trinity in payments FIFA official Jack Warner Service “was promised and received” bribes totaling $ 5 million to vote forRussia while Rafael Salguero of Guatemala has promised a bribe of $ 1 million to vote for Russia.
Salguero pleaded guilty to several charges of corruption in 2016 and was banned from FIFA while Warner, who faces charges in the United States is currently facing extradition to the States States his native Trinidad.
In a statement FIFA said it “supports all investigations into alleged acts of criminal misconduct in -doing concernesoit national or international football competitions. “