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Fifa hit with new scandal amid claims supremos were paid bribes to vote for Russia and Qatar World Cups

FIFA has been hit by a fresh World Cup bribery scandal.
Court documents allege Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner was paid $5million to back Russia — who beat England to host the 2018 World Cup.

United States Department of Justice papers published last night state Warner was among “several committee members offered bribes in connection with their votes” for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022.

Warner was allegedly sent the cash “in or about and between November 2010 and April 2011” from offshore shell companies via into an account he controlled.

The US DOJ document added: “Several accounts used to wire money to Warner received or sent wire transfers to or from companies based in the United States that performed work on behalf of the 2018 Russia World Cup bid.”

It is also claimed Rafael Salguero, who served on Fifa’s executive committee, “was promised” a $1m bribe to vote for Russia.

England’s bid — spearheaded by FA president Prince William — only got two out of 22 votes.

The US DOJ alleges Brazilian Ricardo Teixeira and Paraguayan Nicolas Leoz received bribes to vote for Qatar in 2022.

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