Three days to the opening whistle of the World Cup in Qatar, the journalist Amjad Taha managed to shake the world of football when he reported this evening (Thursday) that the Qataris tried to bribe several players of the Ecuadorian national team in order to win the match that will kick off the World Cup on Sunday evening.
According to the report, the Qataris approached eight players of the Ecuador national team and offered them a total of 7.4 million dollars in exchange for "selling" them the opening game.
Taha, a journalist who lives in London and works for "Sky", claimed that five senior officials in Ecuador and Qatar confirmed the details to him.
Did they try to bribe the Ecuadorians too?
FIFA President Infantino with the Emir of Qatar (Photo: Reuters)
According to the report, the Qataris offered the Ecuadorians that they would let them win 0:1 from a goal in the second half in exchange for a transfer fee.
It is hard to ignore such publications if you take into account that the World Cup was held in Qatar in the first place after it bribed FIFA senior officials with millions of dollars so that they would choose it to host the World Cup and for it they also moved it to the winter months for the first time ever.
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