The Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani speaks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the start of their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
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Qatar's successful, controversy-plagued bid to host the 2022 World Cup has been hit by further allegations that they used a secret "black operations" propaganda campaign to undermine rival bids in violation of FIFA rules, according to The Sunday Times.Qatar, to general surprise, beat the Australian and U.S. bids as well as South Korea and Japan to the right to host the quadrennial football showpiece.One of the leaked emails the Times claims to have obtained was sent to Qatar's deputy bid leader Ali al-Thawadi, and allegedly shows the state was aware of plots to spread "poison" against other bidders in the running before Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in December 2010 .Qatar issued a point blank denial.
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