Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner offered up to $1 million (£600,000) in cash bribes to Caribbean football officials for their votes in the Fifa presidential election, according to explosive witness statements at the heart of the corruption inquiry into world football's three most senior power brokers. As Bin Hammam, Warner and Fifa president Sepp Blatter prepare to face a Fifa ethics committee hearing today, Telegraph Sport can reveal the details of a dossier that has plunged the world governing body into chaos.
The report alleges up to 25 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials were each offered envelopes containing $40,000 (£24,000) in cash, split into four $10,000 "stacks" of $100 bills, to persuade them to vote for Bin Hammam in this week's Fifa presidential election. The alleged offers were made in one-to-one meetings following a special summit of the CFU, arranged by Warner to allow Bin Hammam to present his election manifesto in Trinidad earlier this month.
Seven whistle-blowers have told investigators the cash was presented as a "gift", and that they were told "not to tell anyone about the cash, not to discuss the cash with the others and not to show anyone the money". They claim they were initially told the money was a gift from the CFU, but the following day Warner told them the money was in fact from Bin Hammam, and that he had advised the Qatari to make "gifts" in cash.