Financial Times: FIFA under pressure to hold inquiry into Qatar World Cup bid
After a whistleblower released documents that suggested Qatar’s consultants broke FIFA rules when bidding to host the World Cup in 2022, FIFA is said to be placed under more pressure to open a new inquiry to investigate the Gulf state, according to a report by the Financial Times.
FT reported on the pressures days after The Sunday Times published a damning report which focused on emails it had obtained from a whistleblower that allegedly showed Qatar advisers attempted to interfere with rival bids to host the 2022 World Cup from the US and Australia.
Several members of FIFA’s ruling council have called on the football body’s ethics committee to demand the evidence behind allegations that the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid ran a secret campaign to sabotage their rivals for the tournament.
Despite FIFA’s council lacking formal powers to launch an inquiry into the claims, however the development is fueling growing anger over the scandals that shook FIFA at a time when it is striving to polish its image.