The former chairman of the Football Association (FA) has accused FIFA of behaving like a “mafia family” amid escalating allegations of corruption in Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Speaking in Parliament, Lord Triesman said:

“Fifa, I am afraid, behaves like a mafia family. It has a decades-long tradition of bribes, bungs and corruption.

“About half of its executive committee who voted on the last World Cup have had to go.

“Even its past president João Havelange has been removed from his honorary life presidency in his 90s.

“Systematic corruption underpinned by non-existent investigations where most of the accused are exempt from the investigation make it impossible to proceed.

“Foreign construction workers dying in their dozens in Qatar stadium construction sites are essentially ignored.”

He went on to describe Blatter’s accusation that criticism against him was racist as “grotesque”, and concluded of the FIFA’s Presidents PR tactics:

“Don Corleone, I believe, would have recognised the tactics and he probably would have admired them.”


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