France starts probe of Qatar’s successful Cup bid

The French authorities have opened a corruption investigation into the circumstances that led to Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup.

The investigation, which will be led by a judge, follows a three-year operation by prosecutors specialising in financial crimes into the decision made in December 2010.

More than half of the 22 members of world football governing body Fifa’s executive committee who voted have since been either accused of corruption or prosecuted for it.

The French investigators have particularly focused on the case because of a meeting that took place at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of France’s President, a month before the vote.

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