FIFA VP on Qatar: If allegations proven, we must re-vote World Cup

FIFA VP Michel Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (Getty Images)

FIFA vice president Michel Platini said that he supports a re-vote on the Qatar World Cup if the latest corruption allegations are proven true, he told French outlet L’Equipe.

“If corruption is proven, it will take a new vote and sanctions,” he said, despite recently being linked to Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari official alleged to have paid $5 million to other FIFA executives in exchange for their voting support.

An independent ethics investigation into the bidding process will conclude next week, and American attorney Michael Garcia's findings will be revealed in mid-July. 

Platini, who is also president of UEFA, was said to have held a “secret” meeting with Bin Hammam prior to the Qatar vote in 2010. He claimed the two were discussing Platini’s potential candidacy for president of FIFA – a post currently owned by Sepp Blatter. Another election will be held next May, and Blatter has said he will be seeking a fifth term.

The Daily Telegraph published the report suspiciously linking Platini with Bin Hammam, and the FIFA executive is convinced that there is “somebody, something, people organizing all this.”

“I have no proof. I don’t know who is behind all this. But I think lots of interest are at stake, for those at FIFA, for those who want to be there,” and “without doubt also for those who want us to overturn the attribution of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar,” he said. 

Platini voted for Qatar to host the World Cup in 2010 and said he doesn’t regret the decision. “It was the right choice for FIFA and world football,” he noted.

It’s the first time a FIFA official has suggested a re-vote in light of alleged widespread corruption. Yesterday, a U.K. gambling firm stopped taking bets on whether Qatar would lose the World Cup. 

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