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Pressure mounts on Fifa over Qatar 2022 World Cup

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has described the allegations surrounding the Qatar World Cup as "shocking" and if proven must provoke a re-run of the bid process.

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Qatar Bid Committee: 'Vehemently deny all allegations'

Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup said that it won "because it was the best bid", the committee which organised the country's bid said. Regarding the latest allegations from The Sunday Times, a statement from the The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee:

....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.

Following today's newspaper articles, we vehemently deny all allegations of wrongdoing.

We will take whatever steps are necessary to defend the integrity of Qatar's bid and our lawyers are looking into this matter.

The right to host the tournament was won because it was the best bid and because it is time for the Middle East to host its first Fifa World Cup.

The organisation denied any wrongdoing amid calls for the contest to be re-run if allegations about corruption in the bidding process are true. The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee said it had always upheld the highest standard of ethics and integrity in its successful bid to host the World Cup.

It said it was cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation of Fifa's Michael Garcia and remained totally confident that any objective inquiry would conclude it won the bid to host the World Cup fairly.

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