Qatar Release Statement Refuting Bid Corruption

May 23, 2011

After allegations have been made over its 2022 World Cup bid campaign, no rx Qatar have hit back with a 1,700 word statement following claims that the bid was fixed. 

The statement was issued in a context that also sees the FIFA presidential campaign of Mohamed Bin Hammam suffering from a worldwide backlash over a string of allegations over illicit inducements to FIFA executive committee voters.

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) describes its statement as a response to the allegations published in a memorandum provided to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in the UK House of Commons.

The statement referred to the alleged whistleblower, reportedly involved in the successful Qatar bid: “Without knowing the identity of the alleged whistleblower, the details of the allegations made or the circumstances in which they have been made, it is impossible for the Bid Committee to respond to these allegations any further at this stage.”

The statement concluded that the country was still preparing to host the World Cup in 2022, adding: “Qatar is excited at the prospect of hosting one of the world’s greatest sporting events and is determined to deliver a World Cup truly deserving of football fans around the world.”