Qatar has responded to claims that it bribed FIFA officials in order to be given the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Qatar has called the allegations as 'baseless' adding that they 'will be fiercely contested'. On Monday, US Justice Department released documents claiming FIFA officials were bribed to vote in favor of awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.
"Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy [organizers of World Cup 2022] strongly denies the allegations contained within the court papers made public in the US on 6 April 2020," a statement read.
"They are part of a long-standing case, the subject of which is not the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process. Despite years of false claims, evidence has never been produced to demonstrate that Qatar won the right to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 unethically or by means that contravened FIFA's strict bidding rules.
"The SC maintains that it strictly adhered to all rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process and any claim to the contrary is baseless and will be fiercely contested."