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Fifa says English FA flouted World Cup bidding rules

The English Football Association has been accused of flouting bidding rules in its attempt to stage the 2018 World Cup - but 2022 hosts Qatar have been cleared of corruption allegations.

A Fifa report says the FA behaved improperly when trying to win the backing of a key voter.

Qatar faced a number of claims surrounding its bid, but the Gulf state is now in the clear.

In effect, Fifa's long-awaited report ends talk of a re-vote.

In a statement, football's world governing body welcomed the fact that "a degree of closure has been reached".

The FA has baulked at the criticism levelled at it, insisting it had "conducted a transparent bid".

Annita McVeigh reports.

  • 13 Nov 2014
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