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Multi-million dollar energy deal at centre of World Cup corruption allegations

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Amongst the allegations of corruption in the Qatar World Cup winning bid there is a multi-million dollar gas deal for Thailand.

A report in The Times claimed Qatari businessman Mohamed Bin Hammam arranged for Worawi Makudi, a Thai FIFA official, to hold talks with Qatar on a natural gas sale “potentially worth millions of dollars to Thailand”.

Qatar’s 2022 Committee has denied any wrongdoing and said yesterday it is confident of keeping the tournament.

The sponsors, Adidas, Sony and Visa have requested a corruption investigation.

This comes ahead of the start of the 2014 World Cup later this week.

The bid for 2022 was won by Qatar four years ago after four rounds of voting by the Fifa Executive Committee’s 22 members. A dozen votes were needed for an absolute majority and the right to host the Fifa Word Cup.

 

 

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