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Jun 1, 2014

Qatar bid team denies wrong-doing

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap joined The Herd and discussed his trip to Qatar and the alleged bribes for the 2022 World Cup bid.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup bid committee has denied all allegations of wrong-doing after claims of widespread corruption during the bidding process.

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The Sunday Times claims it has received "hundreds of millions" of documents which allegedly reveal disgraced former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments to football officials in return for votes for Qatar.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the bid committee said Bin Hammam had no association with them while denying any suggestion of wrong-doing. The committee said it was co-operating with the ongoing investigation led by FIFA's chief investigator Michael Garcia.

"The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee always upheld the highest standard of ethics and integrity in its successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup," the statement said.

On Sunday, FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce said he would be in favour of re-running the vote for the 2022 World Cup if allegations that widespread corruption was involved in the Qatar bid were proven.

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