The head of the Asian Football Conferation on Monday expressed grave concerns over media reports regarding the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar.
AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement that he was “convinced that the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy will do their utmost to clear the doubts”.
FIFA is investigating the 2010 vote which awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cup to Russia and Qatar respectively.
Sheikh Salman said hosting the FIFA World Cup in Asia, especially in the Middle East “means a lot to the continent”, adding that he is “looking forward to seeing a successful FIFA World Cup in Qatar”
Earlier on Monday it was reported that Football Federation Australia may re-submit its bid to host the 2022 Soccer World Cup, after fresh corruption allegations against Qatar’s controversial campaign to host the tournament.
According to Australia’s Sport24, FFA chief executive David Gallop said he did not rule out the possibility of Australia re-entering the race if Qatar was stripped of the World Cup, following allegations of bribery.
“It’s a serious development, they’re serious allegations and we’re looking to see what the response to that will be,” he told Melbourne local radio.
On Sunday, Qatar’s World Cup Bid Committee hit back at the latest claims of corruption and denied any wrongdoing
The committee which ran Qatar’s successful campaign to host the 2022 World Cup said it “vehemently denied all allegations” after reports of corruption in the bidding process.
The Sunday Times claimed Mohamed Bin Hammam, a former FIFA executive member for Qatar, made payments totalling $5m to football bosses to secure support for the bid.
But the committee said in a statement to Sky News on Sunday that it won the right to hold the 2022 football tournament “because it was the best bid”.
“In regard to the latest allegations from The Sunday Times, we say again that Mohamed Bin Hammam played no official or unofficial role in Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee. As was the case with every other member of FIFA’s Executive Committee, our bid team had to convince Mr Bin Hammam of the merits of our bid.”