Governing body Fifa has been called on by Damian Collins, the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, to investigate claims that the bid team for the 2022 World Cup, due to be held in Qatar, tried to sabotage competing host bids.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Mr Collins said that if these allegations (first seen in the Sunday Times) are true, they would represent a serious breach of Fifa’s rules and regulations. He went on to add that if rules have indeed been broken, the Qataris should be forced to “face some sanctions”.

The Sunday Times claims that it has seen leaked documents showing that the Qatari bid team launched a smear campaign against its rivals (mainly from the US and Australia) with the help of a PR firm and former CIA agents. The idea was apparently to create propaganda and suggest that a World Cup would not be supported domestically.

However, a statement from Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy says that all allegations put forward by the news source are rejected.

Qatar succeeded in beating bids from South Korea, Australia, the US and Japan in order to secure the right to host the World Cup in the year 2022.

Fifa’s rules say that bidders for the event shouldn’t make any oral or written statements of any kind regarding the bids or candidatures for other member associations.

Although it’s four years away, France is already apparently a contender for the 2022 crown after winning this year’s World Cup in Russia. Bet365 has the odds at 7/1 for the side to become the first team since Brazil way back in 1962 to defend their crown and retain the trophy.

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