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World Cup Fix: Phaedra Almajid And The Cult Of Conspiracy

by | 16th, November 2014

IN “Fixer’s World Cup offer to England” the Sunday Times has the latest news from Planet FIFA:

FIFA’S attempt to whitewash Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup campaign is blown apart today by fresh evidence of corruption. Qatar was cleared last week by a Fifa ethics judge who ruled that Mohamed bin Hammam, the country’s top football boss whose corrupt activities were exposed by The Sunday Times, was “distant” from the official 2022 bid team.

The Sunday Times today reveals further evidence, however, that Bin Hammam was actively engaged in illicit activities to secure the votes needed to bring the 2022 World Cup to the desert state.

This is huge:

Electronic messages freshly unearthed from a cache of hundreds of millions of leaked documents also reveal that Bin Hammam’s staff discussed how he had rigged the vote in favour of Qatar.

“ppl [people] can say what they want about the bid but he did it,” one message read.

The messages later record the efforts of Bin Hammam’s private staff to shred his correspondence and personal files and delete emails, raising concerns that crucial evidence of his secret campaign has been destroyed.

Corcerns, yes. But proof, no.

…Clare Kenny Tipton, who was England 2018’s international strategy adviser, reported to colleagues that Bin Hammam had asked her whether England would guarantee European votes in favour of Qatar if he pledged his own vote to England.

He is alleged to have told her: “I would only vote for the country in Europe that brings me the most votes for Qatar. My job is to win the World Cup for Qatar. As a Qatari, I have to, for my country.”

Significant because..

Collusion pacts between bidding countries were banned under Fifa’s rules. The account of the meeting is also further evidence that Bin Hammam was operating behind the scenes to strike back-room deals in favour of the Qatar 2022 bid…

A senior insider from the England bid said: “It makes you wonder about who else he didn’t speak to.”

And:

Fresh documents from the Fifa Files show that Bin Hammam’s closest aides discussed a second vote-swapping deal between Qatar and the Spain/Portugal team who were bidding for the 2018 competition. “i do know that qatar and spain swapped votes,” an aide wrote in one message.

An executive from the England 2018 bid was told by a member of Fifa’s executive committee (Exco) that he would be

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