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In 2000, then OFC president Charlie Dempsey strangely abstained from voting in the final round to decide which nation would host the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
So why didn’t Dempsey vote?
The Weekend Herald reported Dempsey stating, “I got an envelope under my door which offered gifts if I voted for a certain country which I won't name.”
German satirical magazine Titanic admitted to “bribing” Dempsey; they offered a cuckoo clock if he voted for Germany.
The BBC reported South African bid chairman Irvin Khoza stating, “I do not see how a man can vote in the first two rounds and then not in the third and final round. FIFA should investigate this.”
To translate, Khoza insinuated that Dempsey was bribed into abstaining from voting.
This theory is supported by investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, who told Simon Plumb at stuff.co.nz, “There's no doubt he [Dempsey] walked out, because in my view he was paid by Germany because he was the crucial voter who could be paid to walk away.”