Link – Qatar 2022 bid team ‘sabotaged World Cup rivals’

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First, the Qatar World Cup is just the “disaster” that keeps on giving for FIFA public relations. Second, maybe we should just get used to this being the norm for anything, elections, WC and Olympic bids, etc.

The claims came from an anonymous whistleblower, who alleged to the Sunday Times that a smear campaign had been orchestrated on behalf of Qatar’s bid committee, which included paying a professor $9,000 (£6,900) to write a damning report on the economic cost of a US World Cup, recruiting journalists and bloggers to promote negative stories in the US, Australian and international media, and organising grassroots protests at rugby matches in Australia, to give Fifa the impression of a lack of support for bids in their home countries.

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