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Qatar: We didn’t bribe our way to the World Cup

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Qatar has vehemently denied accusations on Sunday that it bribed officials to vote for its 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.

In response to a British Parliamentary inquiry, UK-based Sunday Times submitted evidence that two FIFA members were allegedly paid $1.5 million to vote for Qatar.

The Qatar Football Association has responded by saying the allegations “will remain unproven because they are false.”

Its statement adds “we have nothing to hide and are prepared to support and cooperate with any further investigations.”

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who will run for re-election next month against Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam, said he will forward the allegations to the FIFA ethics committee. 

The AP reports:

“I cannot say they are all angels or they are all devils,” (Blatter) said of the executive members.

“We must have the evidence and then we will act immediately against all those (who) would be breach of the ethical code rules,” Blatter added.

For its part, Qatar has expressed frustration and anger about the accusations, but vowed to remain steadfast as it gears up for the Cup.

“We will continue our journey with the utmost integrity as we did from the beginning and we will succeed,” the association’s statement reads. “We will ensure that the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 is a stunning success.”

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