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FIFA's Blatter meets with Qatar's Emir to discuss World Cup 2022

Pair reviewed progress of projects during one hour meeting at Al Bahr Palace in Doha

FIFA's Blatter meets with Qatar's Emir to discuss World Cup 2022
FIFA President Sepp Blatter meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter met with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, to discuss the preparations for the hosting of the World Cup in 2022.

Blatter reviewed the progress of projects related to the organisation of the tournament during a one hour meeting at the Al Bahr Palace in Doha, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

A wide range of topics were discussion during the meeting, including the development of football in the region and the ongoing reforms of labour rights to ensure the welfare of migrant workers.

“It was great to see his (the Emir) and Qatar’s commitment to use the 2022 FIFA World Cup to achieve positive social change and to promote the host country and the region," said Blatter, who visited Qatar on the invitation of Sheikh Tamim.

“Qatar takes its responsibility as hosts seriously. We also discussed the importance to further development of football in the region," he added.

They also reviewed existing relations between the State of Qatar and football's world governing body and looked at ways of enhancing them further.

The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir's personal representative, and by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

FIFA recently announced that the findings of an investigation into the Qatari and Russian World Cup bids will be delayed until the first week of September, two months later than expected.

The investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, led by US attorney Michael Garcia, has spent more than a year travelling the world to interview those involved in the race to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and investigate allegations of bribery and corruption.

A fresh set of bribery allegations were made against a Qatari former member of FIFA's executive committee, Mohamed bin Hammam, by UK newspaper The Sunday Times last month.

It said that it had a cache of thousands of emails from Bin Hammam which showed that he operated a slush fund from which payments were made to garner votes from the heads of a number of African football federations.

However, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said that it won its bid fairly by working harder than rivals.

Last week, a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Qatar would be facing a loss to its economy of around $16 billion if FIFA decided to strip the country of the 2022 World Cup as a result of recent bribery allegations.

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