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Former Fifa executives allegedly took bribes in return for voting for Russia and Qatar to host the World Cup, according to US prosecutors.

This could become a significant twist in an FBI investigation on football corruption that has been ongoing for a while.

The documents claim several former Fifa executive committee members “were offered or received bribes in connection with their votes”.

The Department of Justice makes allegations against Nicolas Leoz, the former president of South American governing body Conmebol, and ex-Brazil federation supremo Ricardo Teixeira.

Both parties are accused of taking money “in exchange for their votes in favour of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup”.

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner who was disgraced of Trinidad and Tobago was also allegedly paid £4m through a host of offshore shell companies to back Russia’s 2018 bid.

Russia beat England to win the right to host the most recent World Cup in 2018. Warner was president of the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation Concacaf.


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