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Qatar hits back after fix claims- 23 May 2011 00:00:00

Qatar has hit back at allegations made over its 2022 World Cup bid campaign 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, who is from Qatar and was crucial in bringing the World Cup to the country, suffering from a worldwide backlash over a string of allegations over illicit inducements to FIFA exco voters.

Further allegations about the entire FIFA process - including the 2018 award to Russia - are expected to be broadcast in a BBC TV Panorama programme on Monday.

A similar programme, just before the host voting by the FIFA executive committee last December, was blamed in part on the humiliation of the England bid which gathered only two votes, one of which was from its own FIFA representative.

The Qatar Football Association 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.

‘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’.

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