Ex-EFA chief: Former FIFA Vice President sought Egypt bribe
Former Egyptian Football Association chairman El-Dahshoury Harb says an ex-FIFA official sought a multi-million dollar bribe in exchange for help with Egypt’s bid to host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Jack Warner, who was serving as FIFA’s Vice President at the time, told Harb that for the right price, he could help Egypt obtain enough votes to host FIFA’s showpiece event.
“We met Warner in the United Arab Emirates, where he asked us for a $7 million bribe in return of helping us get 13 votes in the World Cup bid,” Harb said in a television interview on Sunday.
“I did not imagine that FIFA was so corrupt,” he added.
“[Warner] said he would be able to get us votes from the Americas and some from Central Asia and asked to be the bid’s adviser,” according to Harb.
“We referred the matter to the minister of youth who consulted with the prime minister and the president. Egypt’s stance was clear: we preferred to get zero votes than pay a bribe.”
South Africa beat-out Morocco and Egypt for the right to host the 2010 World Cup.
Warner resigned in 2011 amid widespread corruption allegations.
Warner served under current FIFA President Sepp Blatter, which is reason not to endorse his re-election bid according to Harb.
“Given what Blatter and his FIFA did to us, we should support our brother Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. We should make that very clear,” Harb said.
Al Hussein is competing to supplant Blatter for the presidency along with Portuguese football legend Luis Figo and Dutch Football Federation president Michael van Praag.
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