Posted on June 30, 2017
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday reiterated its support to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar and said that it will do everything to ensure the smooth conduct of the event.
 
The AFC's expression of support followed FIFA's release of the Garcia report into the alleged corruption in the World Cup bids of 2018 and 2022. The AFC said that it had noted the conclusions in the FIFA report. "In this regard, the AFC is now looking forward to the continued preparation work to deliver a FIFA World Cup in 2022 which is a showcase not just for the game in Qatar but for football throughout Asia," it said in a statement. "The AFC will support Qatar throughout this process which will lead to a historic FIFA World Cup in 2022 -- the first-ever in the Middle East and Arab World."
 
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers welcomed the long-awaited FIFA report, saying the conclusions represented "a vindication of the integrity" of Qatar's bid. "Although we question the timing of the leak, we welcome the publication of the Garcia report," Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement. "We believe that the extent of our cooperation with this investigation and the conclusions drawn represent a vindication of the integrity of our bid."
 
In the report, Garcia wrote that Qatar"may not have met the standards set out in the FIFA code of ethics or the bid rules" but added, in mitigation, that it only was due to its cooperation that the issues were uncovered. Qatar said earlier this month a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states that includes economic sanctions on Doha has not affected its preparations to host the World Cup, and alternative sources for construction materials had been secured.
 
FIFA has said it is in "regular contact" with Qatar, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting Iran and funding Islamist groups. Qatar has refuted the charges. In the running alongside Qatar to stage the 2022 tournament were Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea.
 
source: Qatar Tribune

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