Suspended FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has alleged that Father Christmas, a senior official in Lapland's footballing association, was at the center of a campaign of bribery and intimidation to bring the 2022 World Cup to Lapland.
"He had a gift for everyone, but at the same time made sure we were aware he knew where we all lived." he said in a statement today.
Warner quoted from an email that said Father Christmas had a "list", with extravagant bribes for those whose names were on it. Menacingly, the consequences for those who were not on the list were never stated.
The Lappish FA responded angrily to the remarks, and are taking legal advice on their options. But one of the Lapland bid's official sponsors, Coca Cola, is said to be considering withdrawing their support.
Lapland's bid was finally rejected on the grounds that they never qualify, all of the facilities would have to be built from scratch and that the climate is inappropriate. Instead, the competition was awarded to Qatar.