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Qatar confident of remaining WC host

Dubai – Qatar says it is confident its winning bid to host the 2022 World Cup will stand following new allegations that a Qatari official used his high-level contacts to buy support for the Opec member’s bid.

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said Sunday that it stands by a statement issued last week denying any wrongdoing in securing rights to host the tournament.

Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam is alleged to have used his high-level contacts to buy support for the Opec member's World Cup bid. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini. Credit: AFP

Its comments follow the release of fresh allegations published in Britain’s The Sunday Times that Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam, a long-time member of Fifa’s executive committee, arranged government-level talks for a Thai Fifa executive to discuss a natural gas sale.

Qatar last week denied allegations by the paper that Bin Hamman made $5 million in payouts to football officials to build support for the bid. – Sapa-AP

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