Qatar 2022 officials hit back at corruption claims

The logo of the global football's governing body FIFA is seen on October 3, 2013
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Officials of Qatar 2022 hit back at attacks suggesting their World Cup bid was corrupt.

Qatar 2022 officials have hit back at attacks surrounding their bid to host the World Cup, saying allegations of corruption are "baseless".

It had been reported earlier this month that the nation had paid officials a sum of around £3m to help secure the tournament.

Following the claims, World Cup sponsor Sony called on FIFA to investigate the matter further.

"This week the world should be watching Brazil, yet once again the focus will turn to Qatar as the media continues to attack FIFA's decision to award our country the World Cup in 2022," a statement on behalf of Qatar's Supreme Committee for 2022 said.

"This weekend we expect further attacks on Qatar and our successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022. These allegations are baseless and riddled with innuendo designed to tarnish the reputation of Qatar's 2022 Bid Committee.

"The constant stream of allegations that have been released to media outlets on the cusp of our interviews with the chairman of FIFA's Ethics Committee Investigative Chamber do not implicate our bid. They are instead a series of tenuous links that attempt to assume guilt by association."

Former Germany player Franz Beckenbauer was yesterday banned by FIFA from all football-related activity for 90 days in relation to alleged corruption in the organisation.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Sweden during their World Cup play-off match on November 19, 2013
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