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Sarkozy 'colluded' to secure Qatar 2022 soccer World Cup

NICOLAS Sarkozy, the former French president, held a secret meeting in November 2010 which influenced the decision by football's governing body to award the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar, it was alleged yesterday.

In a 20-page investigation headlined 'Qatargate', the respected magazine 'France Football' said that "acts of collusion and corruption" shaped the much-criticised FIFA decision to award the 2022 competition to the tiny, oil-rich Gulf state. Among the alleged "acts of collusion", the magazine listed a secret meeting called by President Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace on 23 November, 2010.

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