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Torbay MP calls for further inquiry into Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid

By HEAbiParkes  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

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TORBAY's MP Adrian Sanders say he believes the 2022 World Cup could well be held in a different country to Qatar and hopes football could 'return home to England'.

Mr Sanders sat on the Culture, Media and Sport select committee which held a one-off inquiry in 2011 into the 2018 World Cup bid England had made.

The committee raised serious concerns about the bidding process of FIFA and its members.

Mr Sanders said: "One thing we were concerned about was that FIFA seemed to give the impression they wanted to sweep any allegations of misconduct under the carpet.

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"The FA also conducted its own inquiry and said there was a need for greater transparency at FIFA. As a consequence of that one of our recommendations was for FIFA to conduct a thorough review of its governance of the bidding process."

FIFA itself carried out an investigation which was dropped when former vice-president Jack Warner resigned.

Mr Sanders said: "We called for them to publish their report and that they failed to do. We were extremely critical of FIFA on their lack of transparency and the apparent inability to conduct investigations into their own people and ways of operating.

"In light of new allegations I believe it is time to completely reopen all inquiries including a complete reappraisal of the Qatar bid.

"If the process is reopened Qatar is in with just as much chance as anybody else. There may be people who prefer for it not to be held in Qatar but that should only come about when any allegations of misconduct have been proven.

"If there is a thorough investigation and allegations previously made and being made again are proven to be true it will not be held in Qatar and there is a very strong chance a different country could hold the 2018 World Cup but those are two big ifs unfortunately."

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  • pb10538  |  June 01 2014, 8:53PM

    I'm sure Sepp Blatter will be quaking in his boots when he finds out the MP for Torbay wants action on this!!

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  • pete_m  |  June 01 2014, 7:07PM

    The words bent, butchers and hooks come to mind. And guess who appears to have received the bribes? African FIFA reps, what a surprise.

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