Making good on his promise to unleash a “football tsunami,” embattled FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has made public an e-mail claiming Mohamed Bin Hammam “bought” the 2022 World Cup for Qatar.
The allegation, which the Telegraph called “sensational,” is the latest wrinkle in a drawn-out drama that has people all over the world questioning the integrity of FIFA and calling for change.
The e-mail, seemingly from Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, also questions why Asian confederation chief Bin Hammam was running for Fifa president.
Valcke wrote: “[Hammam] thought you can buy Fifa as they bought the World Cup”.
Bin Hammam gave up the presidential bid Sunday, hours before FIFA’s ethics committee suspended him and Warner over separate allegations of bribery, pending further investigation.
The committee cleared Blatter and said the presidential election will go as planned on Wednesday, essentially handing the incumbent president a re-election.
When Warner showed the e-mail to television crews, he added:
“You don’t have to believe me, you don’t have to like me, nobody has to eat with me, drink with me or sleep with me but Jesus Christ, take the truth when you see it.”
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UPDATE: Valcke has admitted to sending the email, but said it was intended to be a “private” message and that Warner only published parts of it.
Bin Hammam has also responded, telling BBC Sport:
“I don’t know why he [Valcke] has said that. If I was paying money for Qatar you also have to ask the 13 people who voted for Qatar.”
Asked whether Valcke’s allegation was true he said: “What do you think?”