In light of new allegations of corruption involving Qatars successful bid to host footballs 2022 World Cup, Jim Boyce, the vice president of Fifa, has said he would support a re-vote to find a new host for the tournament if the claims can be proven.
Speaking to the UK radio station BBC Radio Five Live, Boyce said the ongoing investigation of Qatars 2022 bid has received Fifas 100 per cent backing and if it was decided a re-vote was needed, he would back it.
I would have no problem if the recommendation was for a re-vote, said Boyce.
Boyces comments follow a report by the UKs Sunday Times in which it alleges that it has evidence proving former Qatar Football Association president Mohamed bin Hammam spent nearly $5m to buy votes to ensure the countrys bid was successful.
In the wake of the report, Fifa has decided to send Michael Garcia, the man responsible for investigating corruption within the organisation, to Oman to determine whether the newspapers claims are true.
Qatars World Cup Bid Committee, which ran the countrys successful campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, has issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.
The committee said it vehemently denied all allegations that were made in the recent reports of corruption in the bidding process. The committee added that it won the right to hold the 2022 football tournament because it was the best bid.
In regard to the latest allegations from The Sunday Times, we say again that Mohamed bin Hammam played no official or unofficial role in Qatars 2022 bid committee. As was the case with every other member of Fifas Executive Committee, our bid team had to convince Bin Hammam of the merits of our bid, the committee said in a statement to the UKs Sky News.
The committee added it was cooperating fully with Fifas ongoing investigation and remained confident that any inquiry would conclude it won the bid to host the World Cup fairly.