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FIFA Urged To Probe Qatar World Cup Accusations

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FIFA Urged To Probe Qatar World Cup Accusations

FIFA has been urged to start an investigation into claims against world football’s governing body.  The charge says FIFA was offered a secret television deal by Qatar’s state-run broadcaster, Al-Jazeera, just three weeks before it awarded the 2022 world cup to the gulf state.

Documents published by the Sunday Times in the UK, appear to show that executives from Al Jazeera signed the television contract as the bidding campaigns to host the world cup came to a close.

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The alleged contract included a fee of a hundred million dollars that would be paid into a designated FIFA account if Qatar was successful in the in 2010 world cup ballot.

In December that year, Qatar surprisingly beat rival bids from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to host the tournament.

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Al Jazeera was owned and controlled by Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, who was the driving force behind the bid.

The Sunday Times also alleges that a further $480m was offered by Qatar three years later.

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Damien Collins, who is chairman of the British government’s digital, culture, media and sport committee, has called on FIFA to freeze the payments from Al Jazeera and launch an investigation into the apparent contract he says “appears to be in clear breach of the rules.”

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Super Falcons: Dennerby Invites 30 Home-Based Players Ahead Of World Cup

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