May 11 – The International Olympic Committee tells INSIDER it is seeking evidence from The Sunday Times about explosive allegations that the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid paid bribes to African football chief Issa Hayatou in exchange for his vote. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
19/11/2010 Sepp Blatter admits it will be impossible to prevent collusion between bids in voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts… FIFA president also casts doubt on how much attention Ex-co members will give the evaluation reports on the nine bids that have cost millions of dollars to compile. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
15/11/2010 England’s World Cup bid team warned FIFA’s Jerome Valcke of a fake American lobbying company that turned out to be undercover Sunday Times reporters working on the story that rocked world football’s governing body to its foundations… Senior bid officials have written to all FIFA Ex-co members to distance bid from British media
11/11/2010 David Cameron meets Korea’s FIFA vice president Chung Mong-Joon and jokes that he is spending more time lobbying for England 2018 than on G20 issues… Revelations over note-passing incident by FIFA Ex-co members sparks further controversy over voting collusion… Rugby’s dual bidding pioneer says his sport had a positive experience
29/10/2010 Blatter says holding the vote on 2018/2022 World Cups on the same day “not right”… FIFA awaits decision on corruption cases… Dec. 2 vote to proceed as scheduled… Sao Paulo’s 2014 World Cup plans still a worry for FIFA. INSIDER’s Marta Falconi reports from Zurich.
27/10/2010 Jacques Rogge calls for FIFA to take a hard line against corruption in the World Cup bid contest in what is seen as football’s equivalent of the IOC’s Salt Lake City bribery crisis… Franz Beckenbauer believes Australia’s major event experience is a huge plus in its 2022 bid campaign.
25/10/2010 World Football INSIDER rounds up the 10 things you need to know about the global football business today.
20/10/2010 Sepp Blatter faces the biggest challenge of his FIFA presidency as he grapples with the World Cup bid bribery scandal involving two executive committee members that threatens to throw the bid race into chaos and ruin his legacy. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.