Miliband: Case to reopen bid if 'startling' evidence is true

Labour leader Ed Miliband said there was an "overwhelming case" for the World Cup 2022 bidding process to be "reopened immediately" if the allegations made by The Sunday Times were proven to be true.

Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Mr Miliband told the newspaper their allegations were "startling".

His comments come after the newspaper published fresh allegations against former Fifa vice-president Mohammed bin Hammam, in which they claim he used the wealth of Qatar to influence members of Fifa's executive committee.

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Major sponsors 'urge Fifa to investigate Qatar 2022 bid'

World Cup sponsor Visa said it expected Fifa "to take appropriate actions" after claims of wrongdoing in the 2022 bidding process, which saw Qatar awarded football's premier tournament. Sony and Adidas have also voiced their concerns.