The Sunday Times alleged that Qatar bribed FIFA officials to secure their votes and effectively buy the World Cup.

FIFA is currently looking into the matter and investigator Michael Garcia will meet Qatar officials on Monday.

Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup ended in humiliation after their expensive bid received just one vote but there are growing calls for the Gulf state to be stripped of the right to hold the tournament and they might yet throw their hat back in the ring.

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce said the organisation should consider re-running the World Cup 2022 bidding process if allegations about the Qatar bid are proven.

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