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June 1, 2014

‘Well done, remarkably executed, utterly accomplished’ – Peter Hargitay writes to Mohamed Bin Hammam

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It was fascinating to read through the lengthy reporting by the investigative team at the UK Sunday Times detailing what seems like a ‘smoking gun’ in relation to the Qatar World Cup Bid, with the revelation of millions of emails to, and from, Mohamed Bin Hammam.

It is, in my opinion, vindication of Phaedra Al-Majid, the Qatari whistleblower who subsequently withdrew her allegations a few months after she made them. The circumstances of her withdrawal of those allegations are known to me, but that is a story for another time.

The Head of the Qatar Organising Committee (and their Bid), Hassan Al-Thawadi, has always claimed publicly and privately that he was not involved in corruption. That statement may be correct in and of itself, but the Sunday Times revelations show that it is becoming more and more difficult for him and other senior members of his team to continue to deny that they were not aware of what Bin Hammam was up to on behalf of the Qatar Bid.

The Sunday Times report is the first of many in the coming weeks, timed to coincide with the FIFA Congress and the World Cup as well as the first meeting between FIFA Ethics Committee head, Michael Garcia, and the Qatari World Cup team in Oman as part of Garcia’s 12 months plus investigations into the conduct of the 2018 and 2022 Bids. It is unlikely the football community will ever know what Garcia finds because FIFA President Sepp Blatter amended the FIFA Ethics Code “to ensure that evidence collected in FIFA investigations cannot be revealed”. This makes the Sunday Times scoop even more of a find.

The Sunday Times report details payments made to African officials by Bin Hammam or his close associate Najeeb Chirakal, in the form of grants for football stadiums, hospitality, personal costs and more. Key amongst them is a FIFA Executive member, Jacques Anouma from Côte d’Ivoire who, along with Amos Adamu from Nigeria, was identified – via the international consultants – as a key target for Australia in the early stages of our Bid.

The Sunday Times shows that former Caribbean football head Jack Warner had his hand out to Bin Hammam. More than $1.6 million was funnelled into Warner’s personal bank accounts by Bin Hammam or those acting on his behalf.

Warner was also a favoured recipient of Australian taxpayers-funded largesse. As far as we’re aware, he managed to receive only $500,000 in personal cash from the Australian Bid for the upgrade of a football stadium. The stadium was owned personally by him and the money ended up in a personal account. Gifts and other special support for Warner, Trinidad and Tobago FA and the Caribbean Confederation have also been previously documented.

The Sunday Times also confirms that Bin Hammam convinced the suspended President of the Oceania Confederation, Reynald Temarii, to appeal his suspension in November 2010 – about one month out from the vote – thus reducing Australia’s confirmed support by one, to one, vote. It was widely known amongst other Bid teams that Temarii’s vote for 2022 had been secured by Australia with the $4 million grant to Oceania Confederation for ‘sports development’ projects in August 2009.

But in light of Qatar’s emphatic 14-8 win over the USA in the fourth round of voting, it begs the question why Bin Hammam would be so keen to reduce Australia’s vote by a mere one going into the Executive Committee room? The Sunday Times reports that Bin Hammam met Temarii’s legal costs of around $460,000 – yet, on the face of it, the most number of votes we would have received was two.

How Australia may have built on these two votes is also a story for another day.

Finally, the Sunday Times has also published online a letter written by one of Australia’s trio of international Bid consultants, Peter Hargitay, who was very close to both Warner and Bin Hammam – so much so that he referred to both of them as ‘brothers’.

Hargitay wrote to Bin Hammam at the end of December 2010 to wish him a happy new year and to offer “respectful congratulations” on Bin Hammam’s accomplishment in securing Qatar’s win. He writes about Bin Hammam’s “ability to offer what others could not” and pontificates about the difference between ‘friends’ and ‘brothers’. He is apparently aggrieved that Bin Hammam has cut him out of “invitations and deprived me of your company” and appears regretful that they have drifted apart.

Hargitay was hired by Frank Lowy on the recommendation of SBS-TV’s Les Murray, because of his closeness to Bin Hammam, Warner and Blatter – and because he knew just what it took to win a World Cup.

Little wonder then that Hargitay couldn’t help but express his admiration to Bin Hammam on his accomplishment on behalf of Qatar when he writes: “Well done, remarkably executed, utterly accomplished.”

*Links to the Sunday Times articles are behind a paywall


42 Comments


  1. Liz

    So what you’re saying is Australia tried to do what Qatar did but we didn’t pay as much money?


  2. Aaron Adeniki

    This is what needs to be monitored better with the billions that fifa possess. Peter hargitay you have done a lot of good work here to bring this to our attention. Qatar are a great nation and will be able to showcase the best of their country should they get the illustrious world cup tournament.


  3. simon weild

    Peter Hargitay has done an excellent job. There is a lot of vested interest in the media and it is hard to know who to trust with regards to information on the World Cup bid process.


  4. Sandra Harriette

    News is so heavy to take in. I learn of someone new everyday influencing major world events that have immense ripple effects beyond what we can see now.

    Was just talking about whistle blowers the other day, too.


  5. Yusuf Ali

    There are so many angles to every story and most won’t even bother to find the other side of the story. In any regard, I agree and respect Peter Hargitay’s professional handling of the matter no matter who the players are. Respect is in order.


  6. Joshua C

    Wow, it looks as though things are hitting the boiling point. I’m proud of the way Peter Hargitay handled the situation. He stuck to his guns and did what was right.


  7. Ned Vratski

    Peter Hargitay is a very respectful man and I believe that he handled this situation very well. I believe that Qatar should host the World Cup, they beat the U.S.A fair and square.


  8. Kiran Raut

    Peter Hargitay has handeled the situation quite well. but things like these should not have come to this stage. it should have been taken care of before


  9. Wregan

    the article does contains some punching points and lesson learning with Peter Hargitay shockling positive and intelligent capability. if there were some other then the outcome may differ… some people are gifted with talents


  10. rita Sharma

    Great Article, Thank for sharing this “He is apparently aggrieved that Bin Hammam has cut him out of “invitations and deprived me of your company” and appears regretful that they have drifted apart.”


  11. Archibald Davidson

    Your interesting report on the Sunday Times article makes me want to locate the article and read it for myself.


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  14. Peter Hargitay has done an excellent job. There is a lot of vested interest in the media, Thnks for sharing with us


  15. Jothi Mani

    peter Hargitay is done a great work. I knew about the FIFA in new angle. This is very useful and very interesting article. Thanks for this article and i love this article very much


  16. kiran shrestha

    Very informative post. Thanks to Peter Hargitay for doing such an incredible job. I think Qatar has every right to host the event like FIFA World Cup.


  17. niru

    Well written!! The truth information about FIFA has been very nicely shown in this article.


  18. Tashanna Mss

    very important to know. The fight against corruption must continue and that all the fighting and breaking. You must stop spinning … various stakeholders to make … I do not know what’s worse publishing false information to a dedicated or corruption. Equally dangerous and harmful for any society in any country.
    This is a very informative article because it announces what everyone needs to know.


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  20. catalin kevin

    A very well documented article, argued that shows the other side of football and eventually the side money. I knew from the beginning that the organization of the World Cup in Qatar will spark a wave of reactions, just not positive. I hope everything works out somehow.


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  23. Jabir Hamid

    It is really informative post which I liked very most. Hope you always share like that. thank you


  24. Nupur Hukmani

    It is really surprising to know about Warner’s personal bank accounts income $1.6million .Its really shocking but Sunday times is doing a great job by publishing all such greatful imformation and Peter too for doing such remarkable job


  25. munavir ronaldo

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  26. It kind of shocking that FIFA doesn’t reveal the evidence found in their investigation. We love the Football Organization and we all needs to know what has been going off that beautiful pitch. My sincere thanks to the Author Bonita Mersiades who has shared this amazing story with all of us. it good to know what is going outside our beautiful ground too. Keep updating us. Thanks you


  27. uma

    I read this article and I like it very much.It is great article.to read.


  28. deco20

    It kind of shocking that FIFA doesn’t reveal the evidence found in their investigation. We love the Football Organization and we all needs to know what has been going off that beautiful pitch.


  29. Emanuel

    I honestly didn’t know about this, kinda feel shocked that I learned this just now.


  30. Aid Zero

    This is not shocking at all, it’s FIFA after all and these types of things are basically synonymous with FIFA. Legalized corruption at its best.


  31. Fidaw gyi

    Really mind-blowing to find out how shady FIFA has become. Hope things will change.


  32. krishna guruwacharya

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  33. Bikram Chand

    It was a great article. And i think Qatar was the perfect winner and eligible host for Worldcup 2022.


  34. SUJIT CHITNIS

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  35. Hishan Amatya

    The article is informative and in my view this article reveals the history of FIFA and its’ scope in world. The writer has tried her best to give all the information about Soccer relating FIFA. I like this article.


  36. monaug5

    This is the the kind of article I like to read as it exposes what FIFA has brought to the game such as the good governance but also where changes can be made.


  37. MeghaRai

    It’s a very interesting article and very informative on the revealing the truth about what really happened at the 2022 WorldCup bid.


  38. DzAutoblog

    It’s really sad that it had to come to this, not only does it taint the image of sports in general and football in particular but it also corroborates existing negative stereotypes about the middle east.


  39. Kyamil Salih Dzhemal

    Thanks for the good description. I am not surprised that Hassan Al-Thawadi would not admit to be be involved in corruption.


  40. unais pp

    Qatar are a great nation and will be able to showcase the best of their country should they get the illustrious world cup tournament.I knew from the beginning that the organization of the World Cup in Qatar will spark a wave of reactions, just not positive.I think Qatar was the perfect winner and eligible host for Worldcup 2022.


  41. Hishan Amatya

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