World Cup set to stay in Qatar despite new corruption charges in the United States | Soccer


It is highly unlikely that the 2022 World Cup will be transferred from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment from the United States Department of Justice accusing three senior FIFA officials of having received bribes for voting in favor of the Gulf State hosting the tournament.

The indictment, the latest in long-standing US prosecutions of football officials for alleged corruption, accuses Nicolás Leoz, then Paraguayan president of Conmebol, the governing body of South American football, and the former president of the Brazilian federation Ricardo Teixeira for having received bribes to vote for Qatar during the decisive meeting of the executive committee (exco) of Fifa in December 2010. A third member then very high ranking of the exo under former president Sepp Blatter, who is not named but is identifiable as Julio Grondona, then president of the Argentine FA, is also accused of having been paid to vote for Qatar, but Grondona, who died in 2014, has never been criminally charged.


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