Anouma denies “cash for votes” from Qatar

Ex-FIFA Executive Committee Member Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast has denied in an interview that he did not accept a $1.5m (£1m) bribe over Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid.

Mr. Jacque Anouma’s denial comes amid a criminal investigation by Swiss prosecutors into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. Mr Anouma said that justice should now be left to run its course.Jacques Anouma

The Swiss investigation follows the indictment of seven top FIFA officials in May accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m.

Mr Anouma also said that $2m paid by Qatar to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2010, ahead of the final World Cup vote did not commit African members to vote for the Gulf nation.

Negotiations with Qatari officials for the $1.5m bribe are alleged to have taken place in a hotel in the Luanda during the CAF  congress in 2010. But Mr Anouma said there was no way he could have been involved as he was not in the country at the time.

Qatar denies any allegations of bribery in relation to its 2022 World Cup bid.