The committee which ran Qatar’s successful campaign to host the 2022 World Cup has denied any wrongdoing after new reports of corruption in the bidding process.
The Sunday Times claimed Mohamed Bin Hammam, a former Fifa executive member for Qatar, made payments totalling $5m (£2.98m) to football bosses to secure support for the bid.
But the committee said: “We vehemently deny all allegations of wrongdoing”, adding it won the right to hold the 2022 football tournament “because it was the best bid”.
It said Mr Bin Hammam played no official or unofficial role in the committee.
And it added it was co-operating fully with the ongoing investigation of Fifa’s Michael Garcia and remained totally confident that any objective inquiry would conclude it won the bid to host the World Cup fairly.
FA chairman Greg Dyke said the allegations were “very serious” and if proved to be true then the bidding process should be re-run… see more