Amid renewed allegations about the level of corruption in the bid process that awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, here is a breakdown of the exco members who have been found guilty of wrongdoing.
The decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively was taken by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich in December 2010.
Of the 22, 10 have been accused of corruption or been exposed as being corrupt. A further two were banned from the ExCo ahead of the vote after being caught accepting bribes.
Here’s the full list:
FIFA president who has stayed in power thanks to support Asia, CONCACAF and Africa, whose regional bosses – Bin Hammam, Warner and Hayatou – have all been accused of corruption, or been banned by FIFA, or both.
African Confederation president. Named as recipient of bribes from former FIFA marketing company ISL. Still on the ExCo.
Former head of Brazilian FA, ex son-in-law of Joao Havelange. Banned from FIFA in wake of ISL corruption scandal. Now based in Miami to avoid prosecutors in Brazil.
Controversial former president of CONCACAF. Resigned from all FIFA positions in June 2011 following an investigation into allegations of corruption.
Mohammed Bin Hammam
Qatari former president of Asian Confederation who was banned for life from all football activities by a FIFA ethics committee in July 2011 following attempts to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union with envelopes containing 40,000 US dollars.
Korean, wealthy scion of the Hyundai family, but voted off the ExCo in 2011. Once seen as a challenger to Blatter.
Angel Maria Villar Llona
Spanish FA president, former goalkeeper. Key figure in collusion between Spain-Portugal’s 2018 bid and Qatar. Still on the ExCo.
UEFA president who voted for Qatar, allegedly under pressure from then French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Son Laurent is employed by the Qatari company that subsequently bought Paris Saint-Germain.
Former chairman of the Football Association and the Englishman to be a member of the ExCo. Stepped down after leading England’s failed 2018 bid.
Dr Michel D’Hooghe
Belgian head of FIFA’s medical committee, one of the biggest critics of Qatar 2022 decision.
Larger than life American former general secretary of CONCACAF. Suspended by FIFA following allegation of fraud during his time at CONCACAF. No longer on the ExCo.
Thai FA president who was accused by Lord Triesman (under UK parliamentary privilege) of demanding money for the TV rights to a friendly between England and Thailand. Still on the ExCo.
Paraguayan, former president on the South American confederation. Resigned from FIFA in April 2013, citing health reasons, weeks after he was accused of taking bribes from ISL. Accused of Lord Triesman of requesting a UK knighthood in return for supporting England’s World Cup bid.
Cypriot FA boss whose family has been accused by France Football magazine of benefitting from a multi-million pound property deal with the Qatari authorities shortly after the 2018/2022 votes. Still on the ExCo.
Former head of the Ivory Coast FA who was accused by a British parliamentary committee of taking bribes from Qatar’s 2022 campaign.
Hany Abo Rida
Egyptian ally of Bin Hammam who accompanied the Qatari on his fateful trip to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) but has not been proved to have been involved in any corruption. Still on the ExCo.
Veteran Argentinian FA president, aged 82. Blatter ally who voted for Qatar.
Russia FA boss who led his country’s successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Still on the ExCo.
Turkish vice-president of UEFA. Still on the FIFA ExCo.
Japanese FA boss who headed his country’s 2022 World Cup bid. Has since stepped down from ExCo.
Former Germany World Cup winner who backed Australia in the 2022 vote but has since stepped down from the ExCo.
Guatemalan lawyer, former head of his country’s FA. Still on the ExCo.
Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu
Did not take part in 2018/2022 vote because they had been banned from the ExCo (for one and three years respectively) after being caught on camera by the Sunday Times asking for cash in return for their 2018/2022 votes.
AND NOT FORGETTING
The former FIFA president quit his position as honorary president of FIFA on health grounds in 2013, shortly before publication of a FIFA ethics reports into bribes paid by ISL to FIFA officials. Also resigned from the International Olympic Committee at the same time.
Sri Lankan who was a close associate of Mohamed Bin Hammam and attended the CFU meeting with the Qatari. Joined the ExCo in 2011 but was banned for life in October 2013 following an ethics investigation.