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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."


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."

Doha to host 2019 World Athletics Championships

Doha beat off competition from Eugene and Barcelona. Credit: PA

Doha was chosen on Tuesday to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Less than a week after the controversy over Qatar's selection to stage football's World Cup in 2022 was reignited, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was not put off by potential criticism as it voted for the Qatari capital to stage another of global sport's showpiece events.

The IAAF Council plumped for Doha ahead of two powerful, older school candidates, former Olympic hosts Barcelona and Eugene, the Nike-backed home of athletics in the United States.

Doha's athletics bid leader, Dahlan Al-Hamad, said:

"We are very happy that FIFA has investigated and announced everything is clear and can go ahead in Qatar but our concentration is to organise for the world championships in the right way, and within the IAAF rules."


Fifa confirm appeal over Qatar and Russia World Cup decisions

Fifa ethics investigator Michael Garcia. Credit: Reuters

Fifa have confirmed they have received notice from ethics investigator Michael Garcia that he will appeal the decision to clear Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups.

Mr Garcia has been highly critical of a Fifa report from German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert which said there was no need to re-run the bidding process.

The US lawyer, who submitted his own investigation for the report, said he would appeal against its findings.

Mr Eckert said he was "surprised" by Mr Garcia's reaction, but would not be offering any further comment.

England bid team set up work experience for Warner's friend

England's 2018 bid team helped arrange work experience for a friend of former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, ITV News understands.

The Fifa report into alleged corruption claimed officials helped secure a part-time job for Warner's friend in order to gain his support for their bid.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

US 'stepping up' own Fifa corruption investigation

The FBI is "stepping up the pace" of a corruption investigation into Fifa's senior staff over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, CNN reported.

A Fifa report released yesterday ruled there was no corruption involved during the bidding process. Credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Despite a Fifa report released yesterday ruling there was no corruption involved during the bidding process, FBI agents based in New York are reportedly moving ahead with their three-year-old investigation.

The FBI declined to comment on the claims, CNN added.

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