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The Fifa Files revealed the extraordinary activities of Bin Hammam, pictured, over a number of years before and after his country’s bid for the 2022 World Cup

They include emails, faxes, phone records, flight logs, documents and accounts – originating from Bin Hammam’s private office in Doha, his private construction company Kemco, Fifa itself, the Asian Football Confederation, the Qatar FA and the offices of the 2022 bid team

They offered a window into Bin Hammam’s corrupt campaign and showed how he used 10 secret slush funds to make dozens of payments totalling more than £5m to senior football officials in order to create a groundswell of support for Qatar

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He hosted a series of lavish junkets for football presidents across Africa at which he handed out almost $400,000 in cash while pushing for their support for the Qatar bid

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He pulled strings at the top of the Qatari government and royal family to arrange meetings and favours for key voters in the months before the World Cup ballot – including brokering talks with top officials in the Gulf state for the Thai Fifa voter Worawi Makudi, pictured, to push a gas deal worth tens of millions to his country

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He funnelled $1.6m into bank accounts controlled by Jack Warner, pictured, a Fifa voter, and in effect blocked votes for Qatar’s rivals by paying another Fifa official €305,000

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Bin Hammam used his position in charge of Fifa’s Goal Programme to channel $800,000 to the Ivory Coast FA, whose Fifa voter Jacques Anouma agreed to ‘push very hard for the bid’. He also signed off two payments of $400,000 each to the federations of two other voters

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He made pacts with a number of other voters representing bidding nations. These pacts worked to Qatar’s advantage when they dropped out during the ballot or if their country was not a competitor because it was contesting the right to host the 2018 competition

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The emails also revealed that Fifa’s top investigator Chris Eaton, pictured, began talking to Qatari officials about their plans for a multimillion-dollar security centre while investigating allegations against the bid. He subsequently became the centre’s chief investigator

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They also lifted the lid on one of Fifa’s most closely guarded secrets: how much its ruling executive committee is paid in salaries and perks

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Finally, flushed with victory after bringing the World Cup to Qatar, the bid team helped Bin Hammam challenge Sepp Blatter, pictured, for the presidency of Fifa. But it was a step too far

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