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Workers at the Lusail stadium under construction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Workers at the Lusail stadium under construction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Workers at the Lusail stadium under construction for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Allegations of bribery are highly unlikely to lead to Qatar being stripped of its right to host the 2022 World Cup, according to an anti-corruption expert.

It was alleged in an updated US Department of Justice indictment on Monday that two former members of FIFA's executive committee - Nicolas Leoz and Ricardo Teixeira - accepted inducements to vote for Qatar ahead of the decisive vote in 2010.

Qatar's World Cup organising committee issued a strenuous denial in relation to the bribery allegations, and Sylvia Schenk, the head of Transparency International Germany's sport working group, said the allegation appeared to lack substance.

"There is not much substance in the indictment regarding bribery linked to Qatar, not even the amount allegedly paid specified," she said.

"The person/entity who paid is not named, neither any facts around how and when a payment was made. There is only one sentence in a 70-page indictment.

"I cannot imagine that this supports any further step."

Schenk, who was appointed to the independent human rights advisory board set up by football's world governing body in 2017, said that even if a legal challenge was raised, it would be unlikely to finally conclude before 2028 at the earliest. She said it would be unlikely to remove hosting rights from Qatar even if the bribery allegations could be proved.