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Diego Maradona criticizes 'bribes' within FIFA, demands action against corruption in Qatar's World Cup bid

Monday, 9 June 2014 - 12:56pm IST | Place: Johannesberg | Agency: ANI

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Argentinian legend Diego Maradona has reportedly criticized 'bribes' within FIFA and demanded action against those involved in corruption claims linked to Qatar's World Cup bid. Maradona said that there are huge bribes in the world football governing body.

According to Sport24, UAE-based Maradona said that those behind the bribes must be held accountable, especially in regards to the latest events related to awarding Qatar the 2022 World Cup. Furthermore, he stated that investigations must be held about where the money has gone, who received it and why, adding that he had repeatedly denounced in vain, cases of bribery with FIFA.

Maradona, who would be present at this year's World Cup in Brazil as a commentator for a Venezuelan TV channel, added that he hopes football would go back to being a fun game away from bribery and corruption. Maradona also added that it is unfortunate that there are footballers within FIFA such as UEFA president Michel Platini who have surrendered to such irregularities.

Qatar is under growing pressure over its hosting of the 2022 World Cup after fresh allegations over the role disgraced former top football official Mohammed bin Hammam played in its bid, the report added. 

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