Australia’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup is to be investigated by the Australian Federal Police in the wake of FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s resignation.
Fairfax has reported that the AFP are looking into corruption claims surrounding the bid, chiefly around a $500,000 donation to CONCACAF, for the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.
That donation has links to disgraced former FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president Jack Warner who was arrested last week, charged with wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering and faces extradition to the United States.
The news comes after independent senator Nick Xenophon called for an independent audit into the bid.
The FFA was given $45.6 million in government money to fund the World Cup bid, which resulted in only one vote.
Only yesterday, FFA chairman Frank Lowy publicly released on open letter, moving to defend the FFA’s bid which he said was, at times, naïve but not corrupt.
“We ran a clean bid,” Lowy wrote.
“I know that others did not, and I have shared what I know with the authorities, including Michael Garcia who undertook a 2-year investigation into the 2022 World Cup bid.
“But did we make mistakes? Yes. Were we naïve? In some cases, yes. Would we do things differently in future? Absolutely.”comments