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World Cup: FIFA warned over unusually HIGH number of penalties awarded to Qatar in warm-up games 

Added 11-19-22 11:36:02am EST - “EXCLUSIVE BY MATT HUGHES: Sportsmail has learned that one of FIFA's integrity partners has contacted the world governing body in the last few days over penalties awarded to Qatar.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “EXCLUSIVE: FIFA sent integrity alert about Qatar days before World Cup”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Qatar's results in the build-up to the World Cup have been called into question on the eve of their tournament opener against Ecuador, after FIFA received an integrity alert.

Sportsmail has learned that one of FIFA's integrity partners has contacted the world governing body in the last few days highlighting 'an unusually high number of penalties' awarded to Qatar in their pre-World Cup friendlies, many of which were staged behind closed doors and not televised or streamed.

The integrity alert is understood to have warned FIFA of suggestions that a high number of spot-kicks were awarded to ensure that Qatar achieved positive results in the tournament build-up, although it adds that this claim cannot be verified.

The red flag also notes that Qatar have had an unusual number of friendlies in comparison with other competing nations over recent months, with the hosts playing seven games since July compared to England's two. 

Qatar played five of those games behind closed doors over the summer, with even sponsors and dignitaries kept away from their training ground and little information relayed to the public. 

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