BP, Budweiser join soccer sponsors' revolt over Qatar

lunes 9 de junio de 2014 07:03 GYT

* Sponsors put pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribery claims

* Issue clouds run-up to Brazil World Cup this week

* Report due to be delivered next month after final

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By Keith Weir

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) - Oil company BP and the maker of Budweiser beer on Monday joined the ranks of World Cup sponsors pressing soccer's rulers to tackle corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

The calls, which followed similar statements by Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa and Sony, came on the day when former U.S. prosecutor Michael Garcia was due to finish an investigation on behalf of soccer's ruling body FIFA into the decisions to hold the Cup to tiny Qatar in 2022 and Russia in 2018.

With the World Cup kicking off in soccer's spiritual home Brazil in three days, FIFA is struggling to contain the fallout from claims that bribery helped Qatar to secure the showpiece event.

Garcia will submit his report to FIFA in around six weeks' time - roughly a week after the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. If he finds corruption, soccer officials say Qatar could be stripped of the 2022 Cup.   Continuación...