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Qatari 2022 Organizers Deny Corruption Allegations
Associated Press, March 19th, 2014 3:10PM
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The organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar denied the allegations of corruption that came from a Daily Telegraph report published on Tuesday that claimed that former high-ranking FIFA officials had taken bribes from the organizers in exchange for voting for the Middle Eastern country during the bidding process for the 2022 tournament. The Telegraph report claimed it has evidence that former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad & Tobago was paid close to $2 million from a company controlled by former Asian soccer confederation president Mohammed Bin Hammam, who is Qatari.

The sum, paid out over several transactions, was processed via a bank in New York. According to the report, the FBI is aware of the transactions and is investigating Warner and his links to the Qatar bid.

On Tuesday, the Qatari organizers said their bid ''strictly adhered to FIFA's bidding regulations in compliance with their code of ethics.” In a statement, they said: “The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and the individuals involved in the 2022 Bid Committee are unaware of any allegations surrounding business dealings between private individuals.”

FIFA, meanwhile, said it had no comment on the allegations, but the governing body released the following statement: ''In principle, any evidence of potential wrongdoing can be submitted to the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of FIFA for further investigation.” Read the original story...


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