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Watch FIFA wonk Ismail Bhamjee reveal the ‘rigged vote’ for World Cup 2010

by | 7th, June 2015

Ismail Bhamjee

 

The Sunday Times has a cracking story on FIFA troughing. The paper says back in October 2010 it showed FIFA a video of leading FIFA officials talking about bribery. Reporters gained access by posing as lobbyists.

The allegations are that the vote to host the 2010 World Cup was rigged in South Africa’s favour and that Morocco was the actual winner.

Allegations are:

* The vote by 24 the Fifa executive committee (Exco) was rigged. At the final count South Africa (14) defeated Morroco (10) and Egypt (0).

* Ismail Bhamjee, an Exco member from Botswana, says: “After talking with everybody . . . Whose votes went where? We’re all colleagues, you know. And then we found out that actually Morocco won by two votes.” He says Exco members conferred after the vote and realised Morocco had won. Although Bhamjee says some some Exco members could have lied about their votes.

* The ballots were counted behind closed doors. Were they deliberately miscounted?

* It’s alleged FIFA suppressed the Sunday Times’ tapes and failed to investigate claims of bribery.

* It’s alleged members took bribes from Morocco and South Africa.

* Ahongalu Fusimalohi, the former Fifa Exco member from Tonga, says Morocco had offered him a $150,000 bribe for his vote. He did not take any money. But did others?

* It’s alleged that members Jack Warner, the former Fifa vice-president, took over $1m in bungs from both sides. Bhamjee is cited as having said:

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