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Doha to host 2019 World Athletics Championships

Doha beat off competition from Eugene and Barcelona. Credit: PA

Doha was chosen on Tuesday to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Less than a week after the controversy over Qatar's selection to stage football's World Cup in 2022 was reignited, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was not put off by potential criticism as it voted for the Qatari capital to stage another of global sport's showpiece events.

The IAAF Council plumped for Doha ahead of two powerful, older school candidates, former Olympic hosts Barcelona and Eugene, the Nike-backed home of athletics in the United States.

Doha's athletics bid leader, Dahlan Al-Hamad, said:

"We are very happy that FIFA has investigated and announced everything is clear and can go ahead in Qatar but our concentration is to organise for the world championships in the right way, and within the IAAF rules."


Fifa confirm appeal over Qatar and Russia World Cup decisions

Fifa ethics investigator Michael Garcia. Credit: Reuters

Fifa have confirmed they have received notice from ethics investigator Michael Garcia that he will appeal the decision to clear Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups.

Mr Garcia has been highly critical of a Fifa report from German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert which said there was no need to re-run the bidding process.

The US lawyer, who submitted his own investigation for the report, said he would appeal against its findings.

Mr Eckert said he was "surprised" by Mr Garcia's reaction, but would not be offering any further comment.

England bid team set up work experience for Warner's friend

England's 2018 bid team helped arrange work experience for a friend of former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, ITV News understands.

The Fifa report into alleged corruption claimed officials helped secure a part-time job for Warner's friend in order to gain his support for their bid.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

US 'stepping up' own Fifa corruption investigation

The FBI is "stepping up the pace" of a corruption investigation into Fifa's senior staff over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, CNN reported.

A Fifa report released yesterday ruled there was no corruption involved during the bidding process. Credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Despite a Fifa report released yesterday ruling there was no corruption involved during the bidding process, FBI agents based in New York are reportedly moving ahead with their three-year-old investigation.

The FBI declined to comment on the claims, CNN added.

Triesman on Fifa: 'Generally speaking, they dislike us'

Lord Triesman, chair of the England 2018 World Cup bid, has criticised Fifa's "culture of secrecy" and said he is concerned that Michael Garcia's full report has not yet seen the light of day.

On the English FA's standing within Fifa, he said: "Generally speaking, I think they dislike us."

And he defended allegations that the England bid attempted to "curry favour" with disgraced former Fifa executive Jack Warner, Triesman said he was "bemused" because it was common knowledge that he and Warner "could hardly bear being in the same room as each other."


Fifa secretary-general 'sad' about ethics disagreement

Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke says it is "sad" that the investigator and chairman of the organisation's ethics committee are unable to agree on the report into "such important things happening in football".

Michael Garcia earlier said Hans-Joachim Eckert's 42-page summary of his investigation contained "numerous and erroneous" inaccuracies.

Garcia's comments 'make mockery of whole process'

FA chairman Greg Dyke says Michael Garcia's comments about his Fifa investigation "make a mockery of the whole the process."

"If the person who did the investigation says the report didn't reflect what he believed, then I'm a bit shocked by it all," he said.

"Most of the criticism is of people of who cooperated the most fully.

"If you actually cooperated, you don't get criticised, which seems very weird to me."

Greg Dyke: Fifa still has questions to answer

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said Fifa still has questions to answer over alleged corruption in the World Cup bidding process.

FA chairman Greg Dyke has criticised today's report. Credit: PA Wire

Following the release of a report into Fifa's findings, Dyke told Sky Sports News: "Questions still need to be answered.

"If you read that report it says all the bids were assessed. The one that was the highest risk was Qatar and they won, and it doesn't take us any further forward on why they won."

Asked if the FA had "damaged the image of Fifa", Dyke added: "I think it's quite hard to damage the image of Fifa."

He went on to suggest that the FA - who were accused of "violating bidding rules" in the report - had been punished for "co-operating the most" with the investigation.

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