A former Egypt sports minister said on ONTV in Cairo Thursday that former FIFA vice president Jack Warner demanded a $7 million bribe to vote for the country in its bid to host the 2010 World Cup, according to The Guardian.
The official, Aley Eddine Helal, said Egypt refused to pay the bribe. Egypt did not receive a single vote in the 2004 polls that awarded the 2010 World Cup to South Africa.
“Jack Warner demanded $7 million before the voting. Egypt’s FA president El-Dahshori Harb met with the Fifa official in the United Arab Emirates and informed me that he wanted a $7 million bribe,” said Helal.
Warner was among the nine FIFA officials indicted by the U.S. Justice Department last month on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. He later issued a statement saying he is innocent of the allegations against him.
U.S. officials allege that Warner received three payments totaling $10 million believed to be sent by FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in exchange for a vote to give South Africa the 2010 World Cup.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer said in his 2013 guilty plea testimony in U.S. District Court that he and other executive committee members accepted bribes related to host selection for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
- Molly Geary