By Jonathan Davies

FIFA has cleared Qatar of corruption in its bid to host the World Cup in 2022.

The Qatari bid was cleared of any wrongdoing in the report by American lawyer Michael Garcia and there will, therefore, not be a re-vote.

In a statement, Qatari officials said: "We co-operated fully with the ethics committee's investigation and continue to believe that a fair and appropriate review will demonstrate the integrity and quality of our bid."

A Sunday Times report in June accused the Qatari organising committee of paying FIFA officials £3 million to support its bid.

In a surprising turn of events, the report's summary, written by Hans Joachim Eckert, Fifa's independent ethics adjudicator, accuses the English FA of damaging the image of FIFA in its attempt to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup, which was awarded to Russia.

The report says the FA behaved improperly in trying to win support from Jack Warner, a former FIFA vice-president who stepped down in 2011 amid bribery allegations.

Hans Joachim Eckert, Fifa's independent ethics adjudicator, wrote in his summary of the report that the FA "showed a willingness, time and again" to satisfy Warner's requests. Requests included helping "a person of interest to him (Warner)" to find a job in the UK, allowing the Trinidad & Tobago (where is Jack Warner is from) Under 20s team to train in the UK and sponsoring a gala dinner for the Caribbean Football Union.

Mr Eckert said the FA's actions damaged "the image of Fifa and the bidding process".

The FA stressed that it had "conducted a transparent bid".

In a statement, it said: "We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England's bid or any of the individuals involved."

The Russian bid was also under investigation, and was cleared by the report. But it did say that the Russian bidding committee made "only a limited amount of documents available for review".

It is understood that Russian officials hired computers which were later destroyed, denying access to emails.

Alexey Sorokin, the chief of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee, told Sky Sports News: "We don't have any particular emotions because we were always confident that there could be nothing which would come out from this investigation.

"It's something Fifa deemed important to do. It was done, we participated, we complied, what more can we do?"

He explained that "There were no deleted emails" and that the committee "rented the equipment, we had to give it back, then it went. We don't even know where it went."

Conservative MP Damien Collins, who has campaigned for FIFA to be reformed and in 2011 used Parliamentary privilege to make accusations of bribery, said: "It is a whitewash as it is an attempt to con people that there has been a full and independent investigation when there has not been.

"The result is that allegations of bribery and serious wrongdoing remain unanswered and they are still suppressing the full report."

But the UK's FIFA vice-president, Jim Boyce, described Garcia and Eckert as "people of the highest professional integrity".

"I feel it is now very important that people should concentrate solely on the wonderful occasion that the World Cup provides to the many millions of people who enjoy our game," he added.

In another twist, Michael Garcia has criticised the summary by Eckert and will appeal to FIFA.

He said that Mr Eckert's summary "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations. I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”

It is expected that Garcia will publish the report in full independently from FIFA.

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