World football’s governing body is likely to face renewed pressure over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, following publication by Britain’s Daily Telegraphof claims of new evidence of payments from a Qatari former Fifa vice-president to one of his fellow board members.
The controversial Trinidadian former Fifa executive committee member Jack Warner received $1.2m (£720,000) from a company controlled by former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam in December 2010.
The newspaper also alleged that a note from one of Warner’s companies, Jamad, to Bin Hammam’s firm, Kemco, requested $1.2m in payment for work carried out between 2005 and 2010.
It was also claimed that Warner’s two sons and an employee were paid a further $1m by the same Qatari company.
One document referred to in the article was said to have stated that payments were to “offset legal and other expenses”, but a separate letter claimed that more than $1m covered “professional services provided over the period 2005-2010”.
The payment was allegedly requested a fortnight after Fifa’s 22-man executive committee voted to award the 2022 tournament to Qatar.
Last March it emerged that the FBI was investigating a series of corruption claims surrounding world football’s governing body and that Warner’s Miami-based son, Daryan, had agreed to be a co-operating witness.
According to the allegations in the newspaper, payments totalling at least $750,000 were made to Warner’s sons and a further $400,000 was paid to one of his employees.
Bin Hammam was the most senior Qatari football official inside Fifa at the time of the flawed bidding race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.
He was later banned from football for life after evidence emerged that he had bribed senior officials at the Caribbean Football Union.