29 Nov 2011

Australia football boss says Qatar could still lose World Cup

6:46 pm on 29 November 2011

The last word has not been heard on FIFA's controversial vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, according to Australia's newly re-elected football chief Frank Lowy, who suggesting the Gulf nation could yet lose the tournament.

Qatar was the surprise winner of the vote by FIFA's executive committee last December but has been dogged by allegations of corruption in the bidding process.

Lowy who headed Australia's failed bid for the 2022 World Cup, says the matter is far from over but is unsure how it will unfold.

He says FIFA's voting executive committee members lied to him about their support for Australia's bid.

FIFA's subsequently banned several officials, including members of its voting executive committee, for corruption-related offences over the past year but has repeatedly denied any impropriety in awarding Qatar the tournament.