If you are still smarting over that word ‘Qatar’ from last week, you might want to check out SBS’ World Game tonight.
In an exclusive interview Australia’s 2022 FIFA World Cup bid consultant Peter Hargitay claims Australia was lied to by members of the FIFA Executive Committee.
Speaking one-on-one with Les Murray, Hargitay says Australia was promised six votes by the FIFA Executive Committee, yet walked away with just one.
“Before we went into the voting, we had six votes that we were assured of,” says Hargitay. “We needed at least five to survive the first round. We always knew that the first round was going to be the crucial round. Of the six votes, we had one left and that one vote was claimed by two people, so you tell me what is honesty.”
When asked why he thought members of the committee would vote for Qatar instead of Australia, Hargitay was frank.
“You go figure it out. What do you think? What do you think motivates people, 14 of them, to vote for a country the population of Zurich, to vote for a country that is the size of Fiji, to vote for a country where the infrastructure to play host to millions of fans still has to be created… You go figure, how can 14 men make that decision?”
“The most fundamental mistake we (Australia) made, and there can be no other way, is that we played it clean,” said Hargitay.
Les Murray will be joined by Craig Foster and Francis Awaritefe for full analysis of the 2022 World Cup decision on The World Game tonight.
The full interview will air tonight on The World Game, 9:30pm on SBS TWO with a replay at 11:30pm on SBS ONE.
The extended interview will also be available online at www.sbs.com.au/theworldgame after tonight’s show.