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Qatar denies 2022 World Cup bid corruption claims

AS AS 01/06/2014 As.com

Qatar’s World Cup 2022 organising committee has issued a statement denying the reports published in The Sunday Times that former FIFA executive member Mohamed Bin Hammam paid more than 5 million dollars (3.7 million euros) to African football officials to help the country’s bid to host the tournament.

“The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee always upheld the highest standard of ethics and integrity in its successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) said in a statement on Sunday.

“In regard to the latest allegations from The Sunday Times, we say again that Mohamed bin Hammam played no official or unofficial role in Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee," the statement continued. "As was the case with every other member of FIFA’s Executive Committee, our bid team had to convince Mr Bin Hammam of the merits of our bid."

The SCDL explained that it is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation of FIFA’s independent ethics prosecutor, Michael García, adding that it remains “totally confident that any objective inquiry will conclude we won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup fairly”.

“We vehemently deny all allegations of wrongdoing. We will take whatever steps are necessary to defend the integrity of Qatar's bid and our lawyers are looking into this matter,” the statement also declared.

“The right to host the tournament was won because it was the best bid and because it is time for the Middle East to host its first FIFA World Cup."

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