FIFA Full Of Bungs, Insists Boris Over Qatar Allegations
Wednesday 4th June 2014
Boris Johnson said Fifa is "dripping with loot and bungs" as he commented on the allegations over Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup.
The Sunday Times reported that Mohamed bin Hammam, the former Fifa executive committee member who previously led Qatar's football authority, spent $5m in cash and gifts to international football officials in the bidding process.
When asked on what football's governing body should do about the allegations, the Mayor of London did not hold back in his criticism.
Comparing their headquarters with a Bond villain, he told LBC: "If it is true and if the process was in some way corrupted by dosh - and by the way, when you go to Fifa the whole thing is completely self-evidently a racket in my view.
"If you actually go to the Smersh-like headquarters of Fifa in Zurich or wherever they hang out it is perfectly obvious that the thing is dripping with loot and bungs of all kinds.
"In this particular case, if it does turn out that there has been skullduggery, dirty work at the crossroads of any kind, then the right thing must be done and I'm sure it will be will."
The Mayor, however, was unable to even name England's opponents at the tournament in Brazil, believing that Spain are in our group, along with Uruguay.
But he did claim that the general gloom over England's chances means that we will probably win the tournament!