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Qatar to be Cleared of Corruption for 2022 World Cup

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Qatar will be cleared of corruption claims over the 2022 World Cup bidding process when a FIFA report is published on Thursday, BBC Sport has learned.

It was alleged that officials took £3m in return for supporting Qatar.

FIFA’s independent ethics adjudicator, Hans Joachim Eckert, will clear Qatar of wrongdoing in his report.

The English Football Association will be admonished over its relationship with the then FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner, who resigned in 2011.

Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively after FIFA executives voted in 2010.

After multiple corruption allegations, FIFA’s independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia began an inquiry.

Qatar’s 2022 bid committee denied “all allegations of wrongdoing”.

Garcia, together with deputy Cornel Borbely, interviewed individuals involved in all nine bids, across 11 nations.

He submitted a 430-page report to Eckert, a German judge, in early September.

After studying Garcia’s findings, Eckert will publish a 42-page summary on Thursday at 09:00 GMT.

Warner resigned in June 2011, having been suspended pending an investigation into bribery allegations.

A senior FA source told the BBC on Wednesday that the governing body will take stock of the report once it is published and want to see Eckert’s findings in relation to the conduct of other bidding nations.

It is understood that the FA believes it was fully compliant with Garcia’s investigation and thinks any transgressions contained in the report will be relatively minor.

The bid company that promoted England’s World Cup bid has since closed, with many of its employees, who were not FA staff members, now working outside the football industry.

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