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Fifa ignored 'hard cash' claims says former member

A Fifa executive committee member was reported to the world governing body's ethics committee after asking for "hard cash" in return for votes during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup - but no action was taken, it has been claimed.

Les Murray, an Australian who was on the Fifa ethics committee at the time, claims he reported the request to his superiors after being informed of it by people working for the Australia 2022 bid.

It is thought the member in question asked for $5million in order to build a sports centre in exchange for his vote.

Fifa is currently embroiled in scandal. Credit: PA

Murray wrote on his SBS blog: "Three years ago, when I was still on the FIFA ethics committee, I was informed by sources inside the Australian bid team that a member of the FIFA executive committee was asking the Australians for hard cash in return for votes.

"I reported this information up the chain of the ethics committee at the time, as was my duty, but I see no mention of it in Eckert's report."

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FIFA refuse to reveal individuals being investigated

The identities of the individuals who have been reported to the attorney general by FIFA have not been disclosed.

Eckert's findings released last week did name two people, both former FIFA ethics committee members, as having contravened rules: Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago, who resigned in disgrace in 2011, and Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former Asian confederation president from Qatar who was banned for life by FIFA.

FIFA said it could not disclose whether Warner and Bin Hammam were those who had been reported to the attorney general.

Eckert's findings had criticised the England 2018 bid for pandering to Warner's wishes but there is no suggestion the England bid has been reported to the Swiss prosecutors.

FIFA lodge criminal complaint over World Cup bidding

FIFA has announced it has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general Credit: PA

FIFA has announced it has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general regarding "possible misconduct of individual persons in connection with the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups".

A statement on FIFA's website read:

"The subject of the criminal complaint is the possible misconduct of individual persons in connection with the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups investigated by Michael Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

"In particular there seem to be grounds for suspicion that, in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities. The reports compiled by Michael Garcia and Cornel Borbély will be made available to the Office of the Attorney General via Hans-Joachim Eckert."

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Ex FA chairman Bernstein: 'Uefa must put up or shut up'

Former FA chairman David Bernstein has told ITV News that Uefa must "put up or shut up" arguing that a boycott of the World Cup by major European nations would render the tournament "irrelevant".

Uefa are the only body in my view who have got the power to make a World Cup irrelevant. If you did not have the European countries in it, the World Cup would not be a proper competition.

...if I was at the FA I would be, one way or another, speaking to both to Uefa or individual countries to really ascertain whether there is really an appetite to do something.

At some stage you have got to put up or shut up.

– Former FA chairman David Bernstein

Mr Bernstein added that Uefa was "quite capable" of holding a major competition in a World Cup year.

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