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Qatar’s World Cup 2022 bid in doubt

The English FA and others have questioned the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and Sepp Blatter has opened the door to an investigation by the newly created Good Governance Committee.

Qatar’s bid has been the source of controversy with the banning in July by FIFA of Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed Bin Hammam on charges of bribery in his failed FIFA presidential campaign cast a further shadow over the Gulf state’s bid campaign.

French magazine So Foot reported that UEFA head Michel Platini had been dead set against Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid before being urged to change his mind at the meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy “He told me the Qataris were good people,” So Foot quotes Platini as saying.

There has yet to be a truly independent investigation into allegations of corruption made against FIFA executives during the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. In the last year, 11 of the 24 leading members of FIFA, who make up its executive committee, have faced serious allegations of corruption.”

As part of the process any investigation will also have to include a review of FIFA’s bid rules in an effort to tighten the process and eliminate the ability of bidders to influence the vote by for example funding soccer infrastructure in the home countries of members of the soccer body’s executive committee.

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