The freshest FIFA claim is that Morocco won hosting rights to the 2010 World Cup — but it was given to South Africa instead.
A senior FIFA official appears to tell The Sunday Times of London that the vote was rigged.
Ismail Bhamjee said in a video published by the newspaper that ballot papers were deliberately miscounted.
“After talking with everybody … whose votes went where? We’re all colleagues, you know. And then we found out that actually Morocco won by two votes.”
Although he admits it is possible some people lied about how they voted, Bhamjee said he was convinced Morocco won.
The votes were counted behind closed doors.
In the video, Bhamjee, who hails from Botswana and who quit his FIFA executive committee post after a ticket scandal in 2006, also tells reporters: “Please, this is very secret.”
The tape was first handed to FIFA in 2010 but only now has been made public.
Its revelation comes after allegations that South Africa paid a $10 million bribe to officials to secure its position as a host of soccer’s biggest tournament in 2010.
The latest allegations come after a sensational week of claims of corruption, a U.S.-led investigation against world soccer’s governing body and the resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Swiss investigators are looking into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded.
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