London: FIFA president Sepp Blatter is reportedly tight-lipped on whether Qatar could be stripped of the hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup over a new round of bribery allegations, which have been referred to its ethics committee.
Blatter confirmed that investigators from FIFA`s ethics committee would look into a report that former FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner and his family requested payments of more than two million dollars from his Qatari colleague Mohamed bin Hammam shortly after the World Cup vote.
However, The Guardian reports that Blatter said that he is not a `prophet` when asked whether Qatar could lose the World Cup, even though he previously insisted that the tournament would be held in the Gulf state amid continuing concern over the treatment of migrant construction workers and the climate.
The report mentioned that Warner later resigned from FIFA in disgrace, while Bin Hammam was banned from football for life after offering bribes of 40,000 dollars in cash to members of the Caribbean Football Union, although both of them deny any wrongdoing.
We're building him (RvP) up now because of the World Cup. It’s a pity but we have to or he’ll never be fit.
Louis van Gaal