World Cup 2022: Suppressed report into corruption allegations published

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia awarded the 2018 event

Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media.

The Bild newspaper says it has obtained the suppressed 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

Bild’s report includes details of a $2m (£1.6m) sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.

Garcia quit in December 2014 in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding process.

The American lawyer cited a “lack of leadership” as he left football’s world governing body, whose executives unanimously agreed to publish a “legally appropriate version” of his report.

Bild says it will be publishing the full details of the report from Tuesday.

The newspaper also claims:

  • Three Fifa executive members were flown to a party in Rio in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote for 2018 and 2022 hosting rights.
  • The Aspire Academy in Qatar was implicated “in a decisive manner” in “the manipulation of Fifa members who had the right to vote”.

More to follow.