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Statement: Newspaper comments on Qatar 2022

Sunday, 08 June 2014


The Scottish FA has noted the comments from Jim Murphy MP in today's Sunday Mail in relation to a number of issues involving FIFA, the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid and worker's conditions in Qatar.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: "It seems that Jim Murphy is content to deliver soundbites in the media, but he has not made any effort to contact me on the matters raised by the Sunday Mail, either formally or informally.

"As explained to the newspaper, I expect these matters to be discussed in detail over the next few days at the FIFA Congress, after which time we will be better placed to comment.

"With the greatest respect to the journalist and photographer who approached me outside my home, it is hardly appropriate to discuss such matters in the middle of the street.

"If Mr Murphy had made contact I could have told him that I have had discussions with Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights, and this culminated in a letter to the Qatar authorities offering practical support in areas like major event management, given Scotland's expertise in this area.

"The Qatar FA have already issued a statement acknowledging they have challenges in improving the conditions for workers in the country. They are facing a number of cultural issues, but they are trying to address them, which is why we offer practical support, not public soundbites.

"With respect to the allegations of corruption relating to the FIFA World Cup 2022 bid process we have made our feelings known on this matter - if any wrongdoing in the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar is proven then there must be a re-draw.

"However, it is important to consider all the evidence and the results of FIFA's own review by their Ethics Committee before this matter can be concluded. I would hope more information will be made available this week at which point we might be in a better place to make more informed comments."
 


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