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Football: Qatar 'vehemently denies' latest accusation of 2022 wrongdoing

Published on Jun 2, 2014 7:03 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Qatari organisers of soccer's 2022 World Cup have "vehemently" denied accusations their successful bid was corrupt, saying its lawyers were looking into claims made by a British Sunday newspaper.

The Qataris issued the denial after Jim Boyce, a vice-president of football's world governing body Fifa, said he would be in favour of rerunning the vote for the 2022 host nation, if the allegations in the Sunday Times could be proven.

In a report filling the first 11 pages of the newspaper, the Sunday Times claimed it had obtained millions of documents which they say show former Fifa executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar made payments totalling around US$5 million (S$6.3 million) to football officials in return for votes for Qatar.

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy - the nation's World Cup organising committee - said it had won the right to stage the finals with "the best bid", and that it was "time for the Middle East to host its first Fifa World Cup".

Work starting on May 20, 2014, in the second phase of construction at al-Wakrah Stadium, one of the proposed host venues to be delivered ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. -- PHOTO: AFP
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