Qatar 2022 World Cup bid team has been accused of running secret campaigns in 2010 to sabotage the bids from rival nations, primarily the United States and Australia, a report from the Sunday Times claimed.
As per the report, the aim of the smear campaign was to create an impression that hosting a World Cup tournament is not being supported domestically, which is one of the key criteria laid down by Federation Internationale de Football Association in the bidding process.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he added: 'If the Qataris have broken the rules, they should face some sanctions'.
According to the newspaper, the bidding team used a PR agency and former CIA operatives to put out fake propaganda about its main competitors, the United States and Australia. In March 2010, Wagner contacted Coates claiming that he represented an "informal organization of concerned taxpayers' who are upset by the lack of cost estimates available relating to the US's World Cup bid costs".
'FIFA's obligation is to look at the evidence thoroughly and rapidly and have the courage to take what may be a hard decision, ' said Triesman, who chaired England's original bid for the 2018 tournament.
The revelations included claims that middlemen acting for Qatar paid a respected U.S. academic $9,000 (Dh33,058) to write a report critical of the economic effects of a US-hosted World Cup, according to the newspaper.
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Professor Dennis Coates: The professor, an economist from Maryland University, admitted last week he received $9,000 for the 23-page report that he wrote detailing the negative impact of the bid by Qatar's chief rival US.
'We have strictly adhered to all FIFA's rules and regulations for the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process'.
The website of BLJ, now called BLJ Worldwide, says that it has headquarters in New York, London and Doha, and claims the company is expert in "reputation management". Russian Federation were awarded the 2018 edition at the same time, seeing off, amongst others, England.
The Qatar bid team is alleged to have employed the NY office of communications company Brown Lloyd Jones, which is now BLJ Worldwide, along with a team of former intelligence officers to run a campaign aimed at undermining one of Fifa's key criteria in the bidding process - that each bid should have strong backing at home.
For example, he said: "We have recruited the head of the Federation [sic] of Sports Economists to write a major study on how the US World Cup lost money, and how the 2018-2022 proposal would also lose money". It did not respond to the National about whether the Garcia inquiry had seen any of the documents cited by the Sunday Times. Crucially, Qatar was cleared of corruption by Fifa's two-year long investigation, headed up by American lawyer Michael Garcia. And with Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino known to be keen on a 48-team 2022 World Cup, this could lead to fresh pressure being applied on Qatar to agree, and to share their tournament with other countries in the region.
The Qatari strategy was to give the impression that there was "zero support" amongst Australians and Americans to host the World Cup.