Australian Senator Says FIFA Owes His Country a $48 Million Refund

by Punter's Hero on June 2, 2011

in Football

An independent senator in Australia says FIFA owes his nation close to $50 million dollars as a refund for their recent 2022 World Cup bid. Nick Xenophon recently released a statement which was called ‘Red Card for FIFA.’ In it, he said Australia spent millions of dollars on a bid it had no chance of winning in the first place because the voting was rigged due to widespread corruption in FIFA. He also said Australia shouldn’t spend anymore of the taxpayers’ money on future bids with FIFA.

Like most of the world’s soccer nations, Xenephon said Australia believes there needs to be a complete investigation into FIFA and its executive members. He said it looks like highly questionable and corrupt behaviour is going on at the world soccer governing body. He wasn’t impressed either when he found out possible vote-rigging is also going on in the FIFA presidential elections.

Of course, there’s no such thing as an election at FIFA though, as current president Sepp Blatter announces he’s running for office again and there’s nobody to oppose him. When somebody did have the guts to take him on, Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar, he was suspended from FIFA several days before the election was to be held along with CONCACAF chief Jack Warner.

Australia always felt there was something fishy with the World cup voting when it was awarded to Qatar, where bin Hammam hails from. In fact, Australia received just one total vote when it came time to vote for the hosting nation of the 2022 tournament. This seemed odd for a country that recently did an excellent job by hosting the Olympics.

The Australian government came under heavy criticism after the voting took place and now it seems their bid was a total waste of money, along with all of the other countries which spent small fortunes on presentations to FIFA. Australia, along with everybody else deserves a refund and should take the incident to a court of law.

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