FIFA BRIBES --- SO WHERE DID GILLARD’S $46 MILLION GO?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Australia is now out of the World Cup race until at least 2042 and a corrupt FIFA decision to award the 2022 event to Qatar, over favourites Japan, the US and Australia, is seen as no more than a sick joke.
Accusations of multi-million dollar bribes paid to FIFA crooks can now be proved. Of course David Gallop and Frank Lowy, representing the Gillard Government, would not have paid bribes for votes... well, not directly that is.
But they did use dodgy European-based football “consultants” who were supposed to help the Australians fill the pockets of FIFA executives. There is no record of what amounts were paid to these “consultants” or what part of Australia’s $46 million budget was passed on to FIFA executives in the form of bribes.
What possibly could have been the role of these “European consultants” apart from acting as third-parties that have always been used to negotiate FIFA bribes?
They certainly didn’t sing Waltzing Matilda in board shorts and cork hats at FIFA meetings.
Sports Minister at the time, Mark Arbib, said the $46 million for the bid was money well spent. "The result is the result”, he claimed, “they voted, Qatar won - they had the better bid."
Hmmm, and with that, little Abib promptly resigned and disappeared into the bowels of free enterprise amid accusations of acting as a paid CIA operative against Australia’s interests.
In May 2011, the then vice-President, Jack Warner, publicised that Qatar may have “bought” the 2022 World Cup through bribery via an Arab representative, Mohammed bin Hammam.
Warner was subsequently forced out of FIFA with a payment of $2 million in hush money.
A whistleblower, Phaedra Almajid, who has since disappeared, alleged that several African officials were indirectly paid $1.5 million each by Qatar and that bank transfers had disclosed that sums of over $5 million had been used to buy votes.
And how many votes did Australia, as one of the favourites, receive? One solitary vote!
So, either bribes paid indirectly to FIFA officials on Australia’s behalf were insufficient or Australia expected to win solely on the value of its lovely presentation. But not even Lowy and Gallop are that stupid, they know how FIFA works.
So how much of our $46 million was creamed from the top of these payments to “European consultants”?
We will soon know.