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SBD Global/June 16, 2014/World Cup
Security Report Leaked To Sunday Times Reveals Qatar A 'High Risk' Target For Attacks
Published June 16, 2014
QATAR FIGHTS BACK: The AFP reported Qatar's 2022 World Cup chiefs "have insisted that reports of corruption are a deliberate bid to undermine a FIFA inquiry into their bid." A statement released by Qatar's Supreme Committee for '22 said the "leaks" were orchestrated, but "did not say who by." The statement said, "The timing of the release of these allegations is no accident" (AFP, 6/15). The statement added, "Knowing that we weren't a key player in the football world, we knew we had to work harder than anyone else for our bid to succeed. We knocked on more doors, made more phone calls and took more meetings than our competitors. But in every aspect of the 2018/2022 Fifa World Cup bidding process, we strictly adhered to Fifa's rules and regulations" (BBC, 6/14).