File - A large soccer ball-shaped installation promoting Sony Corp's partnership with FIFA is hung at Sony Corp's headquarters in Tokyo in this June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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World Cup football sponsors Adidas and Sony voiced concerns over allegations that bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, an issue that is overshadowing this week's kickoff in Brazil.With its four-yearly showpiece event only three days away, football's governing body FIFA is on the defensive and is conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar.Former U.S. Prosecutor Michael Garcia, leading FIFA's internal investigation, is due to report in July, around a week after this year's World Cup final.Sony's sponsorship agreement, which also included the 2010 World Cup, expires this year, giving it particular leverage as it negotiates a new deal.FIFA is now facing calls to strip Qatar of the World Cup should Garcia's investigation prove that the country bought the votes needed to host the tournament.
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