“However, the leaked documents show close contact with the leaders of the Qatar bid, arranging a lavish junket paid for by the 2022 team at which he offered football officials large payments in exchange for their support.”
- A rerunning of the 2022 bid vote;
- Increased pressure on FIFA and other football bodies to radically reform;
- A dialing back of labor rights improvement in Qatar, as the international spotlight fades; and
- A weakening of Qatar’s soft power and thus ability to stand up to neighboring Saudi Arabia.
“If true, (the charges) would constitute bribery and corruption as part of the bid process and give Qatar’s detractors a significant axe to grind. It also makes a refusal to review the awarding as well as FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s position more difficult. The bottom line at this point is that Qatar can no longer afford to be non-transparent about the details of its bid campaign and its relationship to Bin Hammam.”