Qatar’s World Cup team made use of a secret “black operations” propaganda campaign to undermine rival bids

Qatar’s plan was to appoint influential individuals in a way to attack tenders in their native countries, creating the impression there was “zero support” to host the World Cup among the population, as per the report.

One of the main measure considered by world football’s governing body, FIFA, is mentioned to be that the tenders should have a strong backing from domestic populations.

A British Sunday broadsheet has notified that Qatar’s World Cup team made use of a secret “black operations” propaganda campaign to undermine rival bids in violation of FIFA rules.

The Sunday Times reports that whistleblower emails show the bid team paid a PR firm as well as former CIA agents to disseminate “fake propaganda” concerning key rivals the US and Australia during their campaign to host the 2022 competition.

Qatar’s plan was to appoint influential individuals in a way to attack tenders in their native countries, creating the impression there was “zero support” to host the World Cup among the population, the paper mentioned.

One of the main measure considered by world football’s governing body, FIFA, is mentioned to be that the tenders should have a strong backing from domestic populations.

Bidders are also banned from making “any written or oral statement of any kind, whether adverse or otherwise, about the bids or candidatures of any other member association” under FIFA guidelines.

But one of the leaked emails the Times that was obtained was sent to Qatar’s deputy bid leader Ali al-Thawadi, and allegedly shows the state was familiar with the plots to spread “poison” against other bidders in the running before Qatar won the right to host the cup in December 2010.

Such actions went as far as planning a resolution for US congress on the “harmful” effects of the American World Cup proposition during the week of the vote, also approaching and paying a US professor $9,000 to compose a report on the economic burden the competition would present.

The documents were leaked to the paper by a whistleblower who worked with the Qatar bid on the World Cup campaign, the Sunday Times reported.

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