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Qatar slams 2022 World Cup bribery claims as 'baseless'

Football chiefs dismiss allegations that two FIFA officials were paid $1.5m to vote for Qatar bid

Qatar slams 2022 World Cup bribery claims as 'baseless'
Qatar 2022 Bid chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani receives the FIFA insignia from chief FIFA inspector Harold Mayne-Nicholls. (Getty Images)

Qatar dismissed on Tuesday allegations that two FIFA officials were paid to vote for its successful 2022 World Cup bid,

In a statement, the Qatar Football Association said that the "serious and baseless allegations" were based on evidence that was "wholly unreliable", according to a report published by Associated Press.

Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast were allegedly paid $1.5 million to vote for Qatar, according to evidence submitted earlier on Tuesday to a British Parliamentary inquiry by a British newspaper.

Qatar officials later issued a statement saying the allegations "will remain unproven because they are false", the newswire reported.

The statement added: "We have nothing to hide and are prepared to support and cooperate with any further investigations."

Qatar beat bids from the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea in December's vote.

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