FIFA whistleblower “offered FBI protection” after threats against herself, family

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Phaedra Al-Majid’s life will probably never be the same again.

A FIFA whistleblower in Qatar, Al-Majid worked for the Qatar 2022 bid and claims she heard Qatari officials offer African FIFA executive-committee members $1.5m each if they voted for the 2022 World Cup to take place in the Arab nation.

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Al-Majid claims she has since been coerced into signing a legal document retracting allegations of corruption against Qatar but in interviews with the British media on Wednesday, she stands by her original story and also states that FIFA ignored evidence she gave to the FBI. Al-Majid left the Qatar bid nine months before they won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, after having serious concerns over the way things had panned out.

In their recent report into the alleged corruption during the 2018/2022 World Cup biding process FIFA declared that Russia, hosts of the 2018 World Cup, and Qatar, who will host the 2022 tournament, were free of any wrongdoing and stated that they could host their respective tournaments.

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However since Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s independent ethics adjudicator, filed his 42-page report on the two-year investigation from American lawyer Michael Garcia, the latter has slammed FIFA’s report by saying that it “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions.”

Speaking to the BBC, Al-Majid had the following to say about speaking up against the Qatari bid.

“I’ve been introduced to a whole new culture of paranoia, fear and threats. I will always look over my shoulder for the rest of my life.”

Watch her interview with Sky News in the UK below, as Al-Majid reflects on the terrifying moment when FBI agents turned up on her doorstep.