Senior football officials in Africa received over $5 million in bribes to make sure Qatar won the bid for the 2022 World Cup, the Sunday Times reports citing leaked documents.
According to the paper, the money came from former FIFA vice-president and infamous Qatari businessman, Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Bin Hammam reportedly used 10 slush funds controlled by his private company – as well as cash handouts – to make dozens of payments of up to $200,000 to the heads of the 30 African football associations.
In one of the leaked emails, president of Namibia’s Football Association, John Muinjo, assured his Qatari partner that we “will always be behind you” and asked for “once-off financial assistance to the tune of $50,000.”
Bin Hammam promised that the required sum would be “delivered as soon as possible.”
In March, The Telegraph reported that he also paid $1.6 million to former FIFA Executive Committee member from Trinidad and Tobago, Jack Warner.
Bin Hammam has been banned from world football since 2011, when bribed voters in order to be elected FIFA president.
The 65-year-old Qatari official and his family declined to comment on the accusations when approached by the British journalists.