World Cup 2022 Qatar Corruption claims leaked in Germany

Claims of Corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been leaked in the German media.

Bild newspaper published a “suppressed” 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

The report includes details of a $2m (£1.6m) sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.

Garcia quit in December 2014 in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding process.

That 42-page version cleared Qatar of corruption allegations.

Bild says it will be publishing the full details of Garcia’s 403-page report from Tuesday.

Speaking before he resigned, Garcia said the version of his report that Fifa published contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.

Simon Johnson, who led England’s 2018 bid team said: “Now that I have seen Mr Garcia’s statement, I am absolutely convinced that the report is a politically motivated whitewash.”

British MP Damian Collins also described it as “a whitewash” and “an attempt to con people”.

“The result is that allegations of bribery and serious wrongdoing remain unanswered and they are still suppressing the full report,” he added.

Fifa’s final report strongly criticised the English Football Association.

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