The New York Times: US prosecutors allege Qatar and Russia bribed FIFA officials to secure World Cup hosting rights

7 April 2020

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Photo: PA Images Former president of Conmebol among five members of FIFA's top board said to have received bribes.

The United States Department of Justice on Monday came to the conclusion following years of investigations.

Former president of Conmebol among five members of FIFA's top board said to have received bribes.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Qatar and Russia bribed high-level FIFA officials to secure hosting rights for the World Cup, according to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), following years of investigations that have already seen a number of football officials convicted, according to the New York Times.

This is the first time prosecutors have clearly described the circumstances which gave Qatar and Russia the votes necessary to secure hosting the 2022 and 2018 World Cups, respectively. 

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