posted at 20:50
Author Name: Talek Harris
Qatar slams new World Cup corruption claims
Qatar 2022 communications chief Nasser Al Khater said "Reader fatigue" was setting in after a British newspaper printed fresh claims of vote-buying by 2018 hosts Russia and the wealthy Gulf state. "What I understand is that they went to parliament before publishing, to get parliamentary privilege," Al Khater said at the Asian Football Confederation awards in Manila late on Sunday. Asia's second World Cup enjoys staunch backing from regional officials, with Blatter earning loud applause when he told the gala dinner: "The World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar." Controversy again engulfed Asia's second World Cup when investigator Michael Garcia disowned the findings of his report into the bidding process, as presented by FIFA. Al Khater said: "At this point our opinion is that this report isn't in relation to Qatar, as a lot of people make it sound." Al Khater said worker welfare was a top priority, after Amnesty International published claims of forced labour and Germany's football boss said Qatar should be stripped of the World Cup if it cannot improve its human rights record. A 1,500-capacity fan site was successfully cooled during the Brazil World Cup and can be scaled up, Al Khater said. "We've heard something as early as September or October, we've heard November-December, we've heard January-February, we've heard May and then we've heard the traditional date of June-July," he said.

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