Sarkozy may face criminal probe over Qatar World Cup vote-buying: report

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The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments has been mired in allegations of widespread corruption and bribery.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing a criminal investigation in his country over allegations he accepted bribes to support Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Telegraph reported Thursday.

The probe centers around a Qatari company buying a stake in a French energy and waste company, Veolia, and the sale of soccer club Paris Saint-Germain to another Qatari firm. According to the Telegraph, investigators are examining whether Sarkozy received kick-backs from those deals in exchange for France’s vote for Qatar. Sarkozy was president at the time his country supported the Qatari bid. 

The selection process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments has been mired in allegations of widespread…

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