Qatar's 2022 World Cup chief says the country is still trying to shake off unfounded accusations of corruption surrounding its wining bid.

A whistleblower told a British newspaper that two FIFA executive committee members were paid $1.5 million to vote for Qatar, although she later went public to say she had lied.

Hassan al Thawadi, secretary general of the organizing committee for Qatar 2022, says that ''perception (of corruption) will always be a sense of frustration until we overcome how people view us.''

Addressing the Leaders in Football conference in London, Al Thawadi complained that ''baseless accusations were made against our bid, we were presumed guilty before innocent without a shred of evidence being produced.''