Fifa faces calls to re-run 2022 World Cup host vote

Martin reports on why all eyes are on Qatar

Fifa, the organisation that runs world football, is facing calls to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup hosts.

A newspaper has alleged Qatar, in the Middle East, won the vote unfairly.

The Sunday Times said it has secret documents that suggest Qatari football official Mohamed Bin Hammam paid lots of money to other officials in return for support for the Qatar bid.

Qatar strongly denies doing anything wrong, saying Mr Bin Hammam never had any official role supporting the bid.

They say he always acted independently from the Qatar 2022 campaign.

Both Qatar and Mr Bin Hammam have denied similar allegations in the past.

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce says he would support a re-vote if it's proved that the vote was corrupt.

There is already a long-running inquiry into allegations over wrong doing in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host decisions.

Qatar was chosen as the 2022 host four years ago, in a vote of Fifa's top members.

It defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States.

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