World football federation FIFA has confirmed having received documentation from the so-called ‘Qatar whistleblower’ as reported in a WORLD EXCLUSIVE on SportsFeatures.com in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Phaedra Almajid, a former employee of Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid, had agreed to be identified through SportsFeatures.com – whose revelations have been followed up by other websites, TV and radio broadcasters and publications around the world. She had fabricated allegations of bribes which were highly damaging to the bid and even found their way – via The Sunday Times – into the published evidence put before a British Parliamentary inquiry into football governance.
At this point Almajid, who had not envisaged the extent of likely damage to Qatar 2022 of her actions, decided on a formal retraction. This was contained in two documents – an apology and a sworn affidavit containing a statement of facts and events.
They were sent, as reported here, to FIFA and other football organisations including the Qatar bid committee:
“FIFA can confirm receipt of an email from a person claiming to have made allegations related to the Qatar 2022 bid process and now retracting these allegations. FIFA has no specific comments on this but would like to remind about the following media releases:
In a consistent and correct way, we have repeatedly said that FIFA would not be ming any comments on allegations. This policy will continue. In a consistent and correct way, we have repeatedly said that FIFA can only act upon evidence. This policy will continue.
When only allegations are made and no evidence is given, FIFA always stands firmly by its members.” The whistleblower had lied against the likes of Issa Hayatou, CAF President, Anuoma of Ivory Coast and Amos Adamu of Nigeria, saying that they collected bribes to vote Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Adamu had, before then been suspended following allegations by the Sunday Times.