I can’t help wondering as I listen to David Bond’s interview with Hassan al Thawadi, the executive in charge of Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022, that we all got suckered in by first of all, a very smart intelligent businessman who knew exactly what he was doing, and by FIFA’s decrepit bid evaluation rules that allowed all kinds of shenanigans to take place, “within FIFA rules”, as he so eloquently points out.
Bristling at some of Bond’s questioning, I also got the impression that we were talking with a highly trained politician, who for all intents and purposes, could represent any government in the Western world, and who interestingly, used to his advantage, the democratic attitudes towards investigations of impropriety that do not exist in his own country.
My own view is that Qatar spent consierably more than any other country, and put money into the hands of Exco members “within FIFA rules”. They then allowed FIFA’s corrupt system to work in their favor and sat back and waited, knowing they had everyone they needed in their pocket. Simple big business and it happens every day, folks.
Quite a performance from the man from Scunthorpe.