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FIFA: No comment on Qatar corruption claims

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ZURICH (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have denied “all allegations of wrongdoing” after a British newspaper report questioned the integrity of choosing the emirate as tournament host.

The Sunday Times says it obtained “hundreds of millions of emails, accounts and other documents” detailing payments that Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam allegedly gave football officials to build support for the bid.

The Qatar 2022 bid committee’s statement on Sunday stressed that Bin Hammam “played no official or unofficial role in the bid committee.”

However, most FIFA voters in December 2010 were Bin Hammam’s longtime colleagues.

The Qatari statement added that “we vehemently deny all allegations of wrongdoing. We will take whatever steps are necessary to defend the integrity of Qatar’s bid and our lawyers are looking into this matter.”

FIFA: No comment on Qatar corruption claims

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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has declined comment on a British newspaper report that questions the integrity of choosing Qatar as 2022 World Cup host.

The Sunday Times says a “senior FIFA insider” was its source for “hundreds of millions of emails, accounts and other documents” detailing payments Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam gave football officials allegedly to build support for the bid.

The newspaper says it shared evidence with FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia who is investigating the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests.

FIFA did not comment, instead suggesting “please kindly contact the office” of Garcia’s law firm in New York City.

The law firm, Kirkland and Ellis, did not respond immediately to requests for comment, or to confirm that Garcia will meet Qatar bid officials on Monday in Oman.