‘Morocco won 2010 World Cup bid’
THE 2010 World Cup vote was won by Morocco and not eventual host South Africa, according to sensational claims made yesterday.
Ismail Bhamjee, a FIFA executive committee member, is reported by the Sunday Times as having conferred with his exco colleagues in the wake of the decision, only to realise that Morocco had, in fact, won the secret ballot.
“After talking with everybody… about whose votes went where. We’re all colleagues, you know. And then we found out that actually Morocco won by two votes.
“Please, this is very secret,” he added.
South Africa denies that the 2010 vote was rigged, while Bhamjee admits that exco members could have lied about their choices.
But the revelations are just one of a number on tapes acquired by the weekly newspaper. Disgraced CONCACAF chief, Jack Warner, is alleged to have accepted a US$1million bribe from the Moroccan camp, only to then receive a US$10million payment from the South Africans and switch allegiance.
FIFA are now also understood to be facing charges for obstruction of justice over their refusal to address corruption within the organisation. World football’s governing body failed to investigate these claims, despite being handed the tapes with the evidence in 2010, and FIFA ethics investigator also disregarded them when compiling his infamous report last year.
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