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Lineker Lashes Out at 'Nauseating' FIFA Corruption
AFP, August 4th, 2014 2:37PM

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BBC pundit and former England striker Gary Lineker has accused FIFA of "nauseating" corruption and said the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was "ludicrous."

Lineker was a member of the England bid team for the 2018 World Cup, which was awarded to Russia, and he suggested that the only way to have succeeded in the vote would have been to employ underhand tactics.

"I was with David Beckham having a burger the night before the Qatar decision (in Zurich in December 2010)," he told GQ magazine. "We were out trying to get support -- Prince William and (British Prime Minister) David Cameron were out there, too -- and I said to Becks, 'We are the only country doing this. The whole thing smells; it is a done deal.'

"It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole FIFA thing. The corruption at the top level is nauseating. [FIFA president] Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes out with so much nonsense." On the decision to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Lineker said: "Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world, but you'd have thought they might have known it would be very hot in summer. ... You have to be careful what you say, but the corruption is just ... yuk."

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