World Cup Bungs Rife! That’s the view of the chairman of the English Football Association Greg Dyke writes betting tips site FC Bodog.
For instance, the decision to take the 2022 World Cup to a football backwater like Qatar was a disgrace when there are several far more deserving and appropriate venues.
And now Dyke says he wonders whether there has been any World Cup that took place without the encouragement of “bungs” for the decision makers at FIFA.
“You begin to be convinced almost no World Cups have been allocated without a pile of bungs. I don’t know where it ends. You need a completely reformed organisation because you can’t carry on like this.
“Whether someone who is involved in all that can stay on the board of FIFA is something FIFA needs to address very quickly. There has to be a question mark.”
The term “bung” is British slang for a financial bribe or sweetener to push through a transaction or deal. The term is often used within football corruption. For example, it is alleged that Qatar’s football authorities have paid significant “bungs” to FIFA members in return for votes.
The same accusations are being levelled at Russia who landed the 2018 World Cup and earlier this week Wolfgang Niersbach resigned as president of the German football federation (DFB) after claims that payments were made to officials at FIFA during the bidding process for the 2006 World Cup.
A fortnight ago FIFA president Sepp Blatter – who has been suspended amid these allegations – hinted that he believed there was an agreement in place before voting even began for Russia to stage the 2018 World Cup.
He said: “It was agreed inside the group (FIFA) that we go to Russia because it has never been to eastern Europe and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we would have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers.”
Blatter then explained that four votes from Europe flipped the event from America to Qatar.
FC Bodog understands that England, the Netherlands and neighbours Belgium are exploring the possibility of recovering the costs of their failed bids for the 2018 World Cup that the Russians landed.
Commented Belgium’s FA president Francois de Keersmaecker: “In agreement with our Dutch colleagues we have asked a legal firm to see if we can claim for compensation.
“It was unethical to allow us to incur unnecessary costs while the outcome of the bidding process had already been determined.”
Are World Cup bungs rife? Russia’s 2018 World Cup looks certain to go ahead but bookies are still betting on whether Qatar 2022 goes ahead.