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Qatar to be cleared of World Cup corruption allegations (UPDATE)


FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference on October 4, 2013 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. FIFA said they could not get involved in labour issues in any country, amid calls for action after claims that dozens of migrant workers had died on construction projects linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Blatter, however said that the federation could not turn a blind eye to the reports, which also alleged that thousands of other workers endured conditions akin to “modern-day slavery” in Qatar. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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UPDATE (4:09 a.m. ET): The news was confirmed when FIFA released its report Thursday morning. More details at the BBC link below.

According to reports from the BBC, the FIFA report set to be published tomorrow on the 2022 World Cup bidding process will clear Qatar of corruption allegations.

Rampant allegations claimed that Qatar won the rights to the 2022 World Cup after FIFA executives had been provided $4.5 million from former Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam to support the bid.

Qatar’s bid committee has long denied such accusations but an investigation was launched headed by independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia. The American lawyer, who also investigated the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia, interviewed individuals connected with all bids for the tournaments and submitted a 430-page report to adjudicator, Hans Joachim Eckert in early September.

Eckert, a German judge, is now set to produce his 42-page summary on the investigation on Thursday morning, although FIFA has vowed to keep the full report from the public eye. In the summary the behavior of several bidding nations -- including Qatar, Russia, Australia and England -- is said to be discussed.

In addition to the corruption allegations, Qatar has come under attack for a number of alarming topics including the nation’s unbearably hot weather, poor treatment of gay individuals, restrictive alcohol policy, poor treatment of migrant workers and alleged ties to terrorist groups.

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