Football legend David Beckham hopes FIFA is serious about dealing with corruption.
Beckham states he is disturbed by the current scandal within the world governing body for football. Beckham’s remarks, which focused on England’s failed World Cup bid, comes after the latest twist revealed Mohamed Bin Hammam used bribery in his attempt to be FIFA president.
“Obviously something’s wrong when you look at the investigations since the vote and some of the things that have come out,” Beckham said. “There’s been so much said about it since, but at the time you don’t suspect there is something wrong. When people tell you to your face that you have got their vote, you want to believe them.
“Then the vote happened and you start to think, ‘This is a little bit weird.’ It just felt unfair. I’ve nothing against the countries who have got the bids, but it did feel unfair for us. Nobody could have done any more than we did and then you factor in we also had the weight of the prime minister and the future king of England behind us. It doesn’t get much bigger and better than that so the situation we see now leaves a sick feeling in your mouth.”
Bin Hammam, the former president of the Asian Football Confederation, was found guilty of attempting to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union at a meeting in Trinidad back in May. The Cayman Islands was among the countries offered cash gifts worth reportedly US$40,000. Bin Hammam, who hails from Qatar, was subsequently banned from football for life.
Interestingly Bin Hammam played an influential role in helping Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Currently there is no suggestion that the country will lose the privilege of staging the tournament as a result of his actions.