Qatar 2022 boss accuses critics of bias

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There has been fierce criticism of the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar. American lawyer Michael Garcia produced a report on the two bids, but much of the media focus has been on Qatar. This might be a result of the serious human rights abuse accusations that have been levelled at the Gulf state.

A second area of concern is the soaring temperatures experienced in Qatar in summer, which many critics believe will prove problematic for players.

Al Thawadi told Al Jazeera: "All the reporting on Michael Garcia, the description was, the focus was on us, on Qatar, and that was inaccurate.

"The simple fact was the investigation was on all bidding nations, 2018 along with 2022. We were very open and accepted an investigator coming from another nation that was a competitor to us for 2022. We never raised an issue because we were confident of our position, we embraced the process because it was an end to unfounded accusations and allegations.

"And yet nevertheless, somehow, the focus still seems to be on us and I think that, if nothing else, clearly shows there is a bias."

He added: "Since the first days of the bid we've always said a summer World Cup is feasible in Qatar, but whatever the football community decides we will fulfil it. If the decision is to change it to the winter our commitment to the cooling technology and the legacy it leaves is still strong.

"Currently our plans are moving forward with the assumption the World Cup will be taking place in the summer. Once the decision is made when the World Cup will be held we will be able to change and tinker with our plans to ensure we fulfil our requirements."