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Qatar World Cup bid left a bad taste, says PM David Cameron

By PA Reporter

David Cameron has unhappy memories of the bidding process which awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, but warned that an inquiry must be allowed to run its course after fresh allegations emerged.

Fifa is facing calls to rerun the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup after the Sunday Times published emails by disgraced former executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam.

The paper claims the emails show payments were made to officials as part of a campaign to win the 2022 tournament for Qatar.

England lost out in the contest for the 2018 World Cup, which was run simultaneously with the 2022 process, when Fifa officials voted in 2010.

Mr Cameron said: "My memories of that bidding process are not happy ones in terms of the way the whole thing was arranged and the role of Fifa and the rest of it."

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