Qatar and Russia face ‘new’ World Cup corruption claims
The information was allegedly gathered by the committee responsible for securing England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup
Fresh corruption claims against Qatar and Russia surfaced this week after a British House of Commons committee revealed a series of documents submitted to it by the Sunday Times newspaper, the BBC reported.
The information was allegedly gathered by the committee responsible for securing England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, which Russia won, in addition to private companies and British embassies in what seemed to be an intelligence-gathering operation targeting competing countries.
“The FA [Football Association] can confirm the England 2018 bid engaged with a number of parties around the world to provide general and background information on the progress of the bidding process within different countries and perspectives,” the Football Association said.
“These were media and corporate affairs consultants engaged on a confidential basis to gather intelligence,” the statement added.
"The fact the bid team had taken advice on intelligence gathering was referenced to Mr. Garcia [Michael Garcia conducted a two-year inquiry into alleged corruption within FIFA] as part of the investigative process,” the FA said.
“The FA reiterates that it has fully complied with all disclosure requests made by Mr. Garcia.”
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