Spiegel: Sarkozy promised in 2010 to assist Qatar in obtaining the World Cup

Spiegel: Sarkozy promised in 2010 to assist Qatar in obtaining the World Cup

TASS, November 3rd. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in 2010 to buy Paris Saint-Germain football club in exchange for help in obtaining the right to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This is reported by the German magazine Spiegel.

Spiegel and a number of media outlets obtained a database from informants from the online platform Football Leaks. It is reported that in 2010, Sarkozy, who at the time was president of France, invited Prince Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to dinner. Sarkozy asked the Sheikh to buy PSG and open a television channel in France. In exchange, Michel Platini, at that time the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), contributed to Qatar getting the World Cup.

In December 2010, in Zurich, Qatar was chosen as a country that will host the World Cup in 2022. In the final round of voting, his bid won the US bid with a score of 14-8. In May 2011, Qatar Sports Investments acquired a 70% stake in PSG. In June 2012, a global television network consisting of sports channels, beIN Sports, which is owned by the Qatari company beIN Media Group, was launched in France.

At the end of 2015, at that time, the President of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Joseph Blatter and Platini, who also held the position of FIFA vice-president, were removed by the ethics committee from football activities for eight years. The reason for the removal of officials was the transfer by Blatter of 2 million Swiss francs from FIFA funds to Platini’s accounts in 2011.

Also, according to Spiegel, the current president of FIFA, and earlier UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, helped to avoid serious consequences for violation of the financial rules of Fair Play from 2011 to 2013 to English Manchester City and PSG. The clubs had a huge deficit in the budget (more than € 200 million with an admissible limit of € 45 million) and could be excluded from participation in the Champions League. It is reported that Infantino secretly met with team leaders several times, offering compromise solutions. After that, PSG and Manchester City received fines of € 20 million and continued to actively behave in the transfer market, spending over five years to buy players more than € 1 billion.

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