Qatar‘s bid to host the 2022 World Cup has been shaken by further controversies that they utilized a secret ‘Black Operation‘ propaganda campaign to undermine other rival bids, as indicated by the ‘Sunday Times‘.
The renowned tabloid- which also made claims in 2014 about Qatar purchasing the vote but of which they were subsequently cleared following a two-year long FIFA investigation led by American legal attorney Michael Garcia – says messages leaked to them by an informant from the bid tea, indicate they paid a US-based office of a public firm and also former CIA agents to disperse “counterfeit promulgation” concerning main rivals Australia and the United States amid their bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Mundial.
Qatar, to general astonishment, beat the Australian and US bids and in addition South Korea and Japan to one side to host the quadrennial football competition. Russia was awarded the 2018 edition same time, seeing off, among others, England.
The oil-rich Gulf state’s technique was to enlist persuasive and influential members keeping in mind the end goal to attack bids in their respective countries, making the impression there was “zero help” to have the World Cup among the populace, the paper said.
One of the main criteria considered by FIFA is said to be that the bids ought to have a solid support from the domestic populace.
Bidders are likewise precluded from putting forth “any written or oral articulation of any sort, regardless of whether unfriendly or something else, about the bids or candidatures of some member association” under FIFA rules.
‘Rejects every single assertion’
However, one of the leaked emails the Times speculate to have gotten was sent to Qatar’s deputy bid leader Ali al-Thawadi, and purportedly shows the state knew about plots to spread “Poison” against other bid rivals in the running before Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in December 2010.
Such activities went similarly as arranging a resolution for US Congress on the “destructive” impacts of the American World Cup proposition amid the week of the vote, and also approaching and paying a US educator $9,000 (7,723 euros, £6,865) to form a report on the financial weight the competition would introduce.
Qatar issued a point-blank denial
In an official statement made by the Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said it “rejects each and every allegation put forward by the Sunday Times”.
“We have been thoroughly investigated and have been forthcoming with all information related to our bid, including the official investigation led by US attorney Michael Garcia,,” it said.
“We have strictly adhered to all FIFA’s rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process.”
FIFA, which has quite recently risen up out of what was widely viewed as a fruitful and successful hosting of the World Cup by Russia, as far as it matters for its said in a statement that “a careful investigation was led by Michael Garcia and his decisions are accessible in the report”.