Whistleblower: Documents vindicate bid criticism

7 November 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is seen as France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Bonita Mersiades has made a number of allegations about the Australian bid, including about its gift-giving, accounting practices and use of consultants. She believes she should be handed an apology.

Australia tried to make its prime minister approach President Medvedev from Russia about the things going on in the bid process back in 2009.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

A former Australian World Cup bid executive has told offthepitch.com that leaked documents purporting to show a Russian bid strategy based around bribery and collusion vindicates her longstanding criticism of the 2018/22 World Cup bid process.

Bonita Mersiades was sacked from the Australian bid in January 2010 after falling foul of the country’s bid consultants, Peter Hargitay and Fedor Radmann, who feature heavily in last week’s leaked documents.

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