Revealed: Russia’s plot to buy the World Cup 

30 October 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Leaked documents appear to show for the first time Russian plans to bribe voters in order to secure hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup.

 Russia controversially beat England to host the 2018 finals, but only now have documents emerged alleging wrongdoing.

Leaked documents allege Russian plans to target World Cup voters with bribes.

Franz Beckenbauer’s business partner offered vote for €4.5million.

Russian bid CEO denies foul play. Documents are “nonsense” and “fake” says Alexey Sorokin.

There is no evidence that any of these FIFA members ever received the advocated inducements from Russia

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

Leaked documents appear to show for the first time Russian plans to bribe voters in order to secure hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup.

England’s bid for the same finals lost out to Russia’s in one of the most contentious episodes in FIFA history. 

Among the allegations are that FIFA executive committee member, Franz Beckenbauer, was targeted with an offer of €4.5 million to vote for Russia. Other voters were to be targeted with cash bribes, inducements to family members and business interests which overlapped with those of Russian oligarchs.

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