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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Qatar: FIFA given “worthless” evidence to support bribery allegations

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Qatar’s 2022 World Cup officials have hit back against accusations that the country bribed its way into winning the bid.

AP reports:

Qatar’s team says allegations published by British lawmakers contain no first-hand evidence or details of bribes being paid to FIFA executive committee members.

Britain’s Parliament publishing the allegations is “distressing, insulting and incomprehensible,” Qatar’s bid says.

A whistleblower who worked for Qatar, and will give evidence to FIFA on Wednesday, has “a significant axe to grind,” Qatari officials claim.

Qatar says The Sunday Times’ evidence is unreliable because reporters posed as “corrupt representatives of the United States bid.”

The officials also said they are open to any investigation to get to the bottom of the matter.

UPDATE: The full statement is available here.

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