DOHA - The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team
has denied allegations it paid two FIFA Executive Committee
members to vote for the tiny Gulf nation in last December's
On Tuesday, a British parliamentary inquiry into why England
failed to secure the 2018 finals was told by member of
parliament Damian Collins there was evidence from the Sunday
Times newspaper that Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma
of the Ivory Coast were paid by Qatar.
Both men have not commented.
"We categorically deny these allegations," Qatar, which
defied the odds to win the vote to host the 2022 finals, said in
"We have nothing to hide and are prepared to support and
cooperate with any further investigations and will be happy to
counter any allegations from whistleblowers with real evidence."
Two other executive committee members, Nigerian Amos Adamu
and Reynauld Temarii of Tahiti, were banned by FIFA's Ethics
Committee last year after a previous Sunday Times investigation
into the World Cup bidding process.
"The Qatar 2022 bid team ran an historic campaign that
changed football. We were beset by rumours and allegations from
the outset," the Qatar statement added.
"Bidding, like football, is a rough sport. Happily, our
promise of bringing football to new lands and expanding its
legacies across the developing world compelled FIFA."
At the same UK parliamentary inquiry, former English
Football Association chairman David Triesman accused FIFA
executive committee members Jack Warner, Ricardo Teixeira,
Nicolas Leoz and Worawi Makudi of asking for favours in return
for their votes for England's 2018 World Cup bid.
UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson hinted to BBC radio on
Wednesday that national associations may consider breaking away
from FIFA if the world governing body does not act on the stream
"I have taken the temperature from other football
associations around the world. At the moment... there is a
desire to try and work to change FIFA from the inside," he said.
"If FIFA proves unable to do that I would say that all
options are possible."
Robertson said he hoped FIFA would look to root out
possible corruption like the International Olympic Committee had
after the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games vote scandal.
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