FIFA VP on 2022 World Cup: Must re-vote on bid if allegations proven true

Thursday June 5th, 2014

Qatar World Cup Qatar has drawn criticism as a World Cup host for its climate and human rights record. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says that a re-vote should take place on the host country for the 2022 World Cup if allegations of corruption against Qatar are proven true.

FIFA is investigating whether Qatar's selection stemmed from bribes taken by officials after the tiny Gulf state was named 2022 host in December 2010. The investigation should be completed next week, with a report due in July.

"If corruption is proven, it will take a new vote and sanctions," Platini said to L'Equipe. "I do not regret anything. I think it was the right choice for FIFA and world football."

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The Qatar 2022 Bid Committee has said they have done nothing wrong.

Platini says he doesn't know where the report linking him to Mohamed Bin Hammam, the official who is alleged to have paid $5 million in exchange for voting for Qatar, came from.

“I have no proof. I don't know who is behind all this. But I think lots of interest are at stake, for those at FIFA, for those who want to be there,” and “without doubt also for those who want us to overturn the attribution of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar,” Platini said.

Platini supported Qatar during the initial host selection process. He is also reportedly considering running for FIFA president next year.

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