The bribery plot surrounding the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids continues to thicken.
The Sunday Times of England claims to have evidence that shows that FIFA Executive Committee members Issa Hayatou (Cameroon) and Jaques Anouma (Ivory Coast) were each paid $1.5 million to vote for Qatar back in December. The claim is backed up by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins, who added that Qatar used a middleman to secure its deals with the African voters.
Lord David Triesman, chairman of England's bid for the 2018 World Cup and former head of England's Football Association, has also alleged that CONCACAF representative Jack Warner, Paraguay's Nicolas Leoz, Brazil's Ricardo Teixera and Thailand's Worawi Makudi acted in unethical ways in the bidding process.
"I cannot say they are all angels or they are all devils," FIFA president Sepp Blatter told the Associated Press. "We must have the evidence and then we will act immediately against all those (who) would be in breach of the ethical code rules," Blatter added.
The Sunday Times' earlier investigation that revealed wrongdoing on the part of Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii led to both committee members being suspended prior to December's vote.
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