We’re open to a re-vote on Qatar 2022, says Fifa vice-president

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Fifa vice-president Jim
Boyce has left the door
open for the 2022 World
Cup host to be switched if
corruption by Qatar can be
Reports in the British media on Sunday claimed that
former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief
Mohammed bin Hammam paid up to €3.7 million to
football officials in order to gain support for Qatar’s
Bin Hammam was formerly a member of Fifa’s
Executive Committee until being banned from all
football activity for life in July 2013 amid allegations
of bribery.
Qatar were awarded the tournament in December
2010, beating off competition from the United States,
South Korea, Japan and Australia.
However, the bid has since been shrouded in
controversy with doubts over players’ ability to play
in the Qatari summer heat expected to see the event
moved to the winter months between November and
January, while the human rights record has come
under immense scrutiny too.
Several figures in world football’s governing body,
including president Sepp Blatter, have admitted fault
in overlooking the climate in Qatar as a potential
And Boyce has welcomed an investigation into the
latest claims, putting faith in Fifa’s chairman of the
investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee,
former United States Attorney, Michael Garcia.
Boyce told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek : “As a
member currently of the Fifa executive committee, we
feel that any evidence whatsoever that people
involved were bribed to do a certain vote, all that
evidence should go to Michael Garcia, whom Fifa
have given full authority to, and let’s await the report
that comes back from Garcia.
“If Garcia’s report comes up and his
recommendations are that wrongdoing happened for
that vote for the 2022 World Cup, I certainly as a
member of the executive co would have absolutely
no problem whatsoever if the recommendation was
for a re-vote.
“If Garcia comes up with concrete evidence and
concrete evidence is given to the executive
committee and to Fifa then it has to be looked at
very seriously at that time, there’s no doubt about

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