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May 28, 2015 12:54 pm

Qatar Might be Buying Votes to Suspend Israel From FIFA, Israeli Diplomats Say

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Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Qatar could be buying votes to suspend Israel from FIFA, Israeli diplomatic sources said on Thursday.

“We suspect that Qatar, about whom claims are circulating that it paid in order to host the 2022 World Cup, is now paying countries to vote in favor of the Palestinians,” diplomatic sources told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Israeli diplomats have been working globally behind the scenes to ensure that a vote at the FIFA congress on Friday to suspend Israel from the world soccer federation, spearheaded by the Palestinian Football Association, does not pass.

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Although FIFA was racked this week by an explosive corruption scandal instigated by the U.S. indictment of nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives over financial conspiracies, Friday’s congress and the vote to suspend the Israeli Soccer Association were set to move forward.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to elaborate on allegations of Qatari attempts to buy votes.

Allegations claiming Qatar had bribed officials to secure the 2022 World Cup have led to the possibility of a revote. In 2014, a FIFA official  said Qatar would likely be stripped of the 2022 World Cup.

There have been extensive criticisms not only over Qatari bribery, but also the Gulf nation’s treatment of migrant workers as well as concerns over how Qatar’s intense summer climate could affect players.

In 2012, Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam, who was president of the Asian Football Confederation, was banned by the world football association’s ethics committee over alleged bribery in his bid to become FIFA president.

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  • AKUS

    And is the Guardian being funded by Qatar to hush this up?

  • Isaac Brajtman

    surprise surprise !!!

  • noanoa

    Is Qatar Buying Votes to Suspend Israel From FIFA ?

    Remove the question mark and you’ll have the answer:

    YES !!!!

    It’s a muslim thing (lie, cheat, lie again and when they get caught, they cry Islamophobic)

    They are PRIMITIVE

  • art

    FIFA is facing the first of many extortion/bribery indictments. England faces massive gang rapes by “muslims’ men on “white girls”. The EU faces threats from muslims. The mid east is facing the arab winter. But the most important issue is attacking Israel. What is sick in this reality ??

  • nelson marans

    Obviously bribery is rampant at FIFA and certainly the Arab states have the funds to influence the actions of this association. It should come as no surprise that an Arab nation would try any means to discredit the Jewish state with Qatar as a leading example.

  • art frank

    Israel shouldn’t give a damn whether or not the crime ridden FIFI bans them or not. And of course you know that the savage pip squeak country of qatar is involved in the corruption of FIFA.

  • Carl

    If this involved any country other than Israel, the entire world would see the obvious hypocrisy and bias of yet another corrupt organization. With Israel, Jew-hatred always takes priority.

    • Morgan

      How many bullets in to the feet of the two Palestinian footballers? 7 in one foot 2 in the other foot for one of them, if I remember rightly, and Similar treatment for the other Palestinian.

      Your never ending false victim-hood claims are disgusting.

  • steven L

    Qatar should be expelled from FIFA for crimes against humanity.
    How many “slaves-workers” have and will die for the FIFA games? Shame on the Western world.

  • David Abraham

    This is not the first time that a racist, terrorist country like Qatar has bribed its way in. They did the same thing by bribing countries to vote for Palestine in the UN a few years ago. Qatar must be expelled from ALL governmental and non-governmental organizations.

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