FIFA World Cup - Kaliningrad, Russia - June 15, 2018. Volunteer Ekaterina Semenova poses with her painted fingernails at the media center of Kaliningrad stadium. REUTERS FIFA World Cup - Kaliningrad, Russia - June 15, 2018. Volunteer Ekaterina Semenova poses with her painted fingernails at the media center of Kaliningrad stadium. REUTERS

Qatar sabotaged 2022 World Cup rivals with ‘black ops’

By: MENA
Sun, Jul. 29, 2018
LONDON - 29 July 2018: The controversial Qatar World Cup bid team broke Fifa’s rules by running a secret “black operations” campaign to sabotage rivals competing to host the tournament, according to documents leaked to The Sunday Times.

Emails from a whistleblower show how the bid paid a public relations firm and former CIA agents to pump out fake propaganda about its main rivals, the United States and Australia, during its successful campaign to host the next World Cup.

The campaign involved recruiting influential people to attack the bids in their own countries, seeking to create the impression that there was “zero support” for the World Cup domestically.
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