Monday, June 22, 2015

Brazil delegate confirms illicit World Cup vote trading between backers of Spain and Qatar bids

Qatar’s hopes of avoiding being stripped of the 2022 World Cup have suffered another major blow after a former Fifa executive admitted engaging in an illicit vote-swapping pact that handed them the tournament.

The Gulf State’s shock victory in the discredited 2010 ballot prompted persistent rumours of vote-trading with the Spain-Portugal bid for the 2018 event but a Fifa investigation found “no conclusive evidence” it had taken place.

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