Qatar 2022: FIFA sponsors back corruption investigation
Sony, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa and Hyundai/Kia have expressed concern over claims of wrongdoing in the bidding process - in total, five of FIFA's six main sponsors have issued statements relating to the Qatar bid, BBC reports.
Fans wearing traditional local dress attend the Gharafa vs. Kharaitiyat Qatar Stars League football match at Al Gharafa Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup football competition and is slated to tackle a variety of infrastructure projects, including the construction of new stadiums. (Getty Images) FIFA president Sepp Blatter gives a press conference on November 22, 2013 in Rome after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. FIFA boss Sepp Blatter hit back at criticism over work conditions on World Cup venues in Qatar, accusing European companies and saying France and Germany pushed the Qatari bid for 'economic interests'. (AFP/Getty Images) A logo of Japan's Sony Corporation is displayed at its headquarters in Tokyo on May 14, 2014. Sony on May 14 booked a 1.26 billion USD annual loss and warned of another shortfall this year, blaming costs tied to its exit from the personal computer business as it undergoes a painful restructuring. (AFP/Getty Images) Former Adidas official football FIFA World Cup balls are presents during the company's shareholders' meeting in Fuerth, southern Germany, on May 8, 2014. Adidas, the German maker of sportswear and equipment, said that earnings were down in the first quarter, hit by unfavourable exchange rates and the strong euro. (AFP/Getty Images) Photo taken August 20, 2013 shows a sign for Coca-Cola Bottling in Williston, North Dakota. (AFP/Getty Images) Pakistan workers prepare an advertising featuring a giant credit card to be displayed on the top of the Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) building in Karachi, 19 December 2006. The Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) has launched a visa credit card with the special feature of a fully functional embedded chip in protection against fraudulent transactions. (AFP/Getty Images) A sign is posted in front of Hanlees Hyundai on May 27, 2014 in Richmond, California. According to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Hyundai-Kia is the greenest automobile manufacturer, taking the top spot from Honda who has held the number one position since 1998 when the the scientists first started doing the rankings. (Getty Images) FIFA president Sepp Blatter gives a press conference on November 22, 2013 in Rome after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. FIFA boss Sepp Blatter hit back at criticism over work conditions on World Cup venues in Qatar, accusing European companies and saying France and Germany pushed the Qatari bid for 'economic interests'. (AFP/Getty Images)