It’s a punch charge. This Monday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released its indictment in the huge corruption case that has shaken FIFA since the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar (to the detriment of the United United, therefore, and England).
The conclusion is clear. Justice accuses Jack Warner (then president of CONCACAF and vice-president of FIFA) of having received 5 million dollars from Russia in exchange for his vote.
Brazil’s Ricardo Teixera, former president of the Brazilian football federation, has, according to American justice, received bribes to help award the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Since this famous vote of December 2, 2010, which offered the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, many charges have already been laid and have led to the sidelining of many FIFA figures, like Jack Warner. FIFA, moreover, had conducted an investigation into these powers, directed by ex-US prosecutor Michael Garcia. He had pointed out the existence of questionable practices but had not qualified them as corruption, nor had he called into question the attribution vote. The report is available on the FIFA website.