Qatar FIFA panel rejects claims by magazine

June 20, 2014 - 2:30:06 am

DOHA: The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has rejected allegations levelled by France Football magazine against Qatar’s FIFA World Cup bid, describing them as a blatant disregard for ethical reporting.

France Football, a reputable sports magazine in Europe, alleged in a recent report that Real Madrid club and its president Florentino Perez were involved in secret meetings that would see Qatar get the World Cup. Real Madrid denied the allegation and threatened legal action against the magazine.

“The recent baseless allegations by France Football follow a disturbing pattern in the media of publishing stories designed to tarnish the reputation of Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee. ‎This latest article is riddled with inaccuracies and falsehoods and indicative of a blatant disregard for ethical reporting,” the committee said in a statement.

It reiterated that in every aspect of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process, Qatar “played by the rules and won fair and square.‎” 

“This matter is now with our legal team who will explore all avenues to defend the integrity of our successful bid,” the committee added.

The Peninsula