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Qatar deny being 'bought'

2011-05-30 16:05

Zurich - Qatar denied on Monday any wrongdoing in their bid to stage the 2022 World Cup after a leaked email from FIFA's general secretary claimed they had "bought" hosting rights.

"Qatar 2022 categorically deny any wrong-doing in connection with their winning bid," a statement released by a bid spokesman said.

"We are urgently seeking clarification from FIFA about the statement from their general secretary. In the meantime we are taking legal advice to consider our options."

Jerome Valcke, general secretary of world soccer's governing body, confirmed he had sent an e-mail to vice-president Jack Warner in which he questioned Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam's decision to stand against Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election.

"For MBH (Bin Hammam), I never understood why he was running," Warner quoted the e-mail from Valcke as saying. "If really he thought he had a chance or just being an extreme way to express how much he does not like anymore JSB (Blatter).

"Or he thought you can buy FIFA as they bought the WC (World Cup)."

Bin Hammam, who is also president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), withdrew from the presidential race before the ethics committee suspended him and Warner on Sunday on alleged bribery charges.

Bin Hammam reacted angrily to the latest allegations.

"You would have to ask Jerome Valcke what he was thinking. I don't know why he has said that," the 62-year-old told the BBC.

"If I was paying money from Qatar you would also have to ask the 13 people who voted for Qatar."

Asked if the allegation was true he said: "What do you think?"

Reuters

Comments
  • Innocent - 2011-05-30 16:17

    Is all about power

  • silverflash - 2011-05-30 16:46

    fifa is a corrupt organisation.the lot have to resign and a fresh election held

  • LexLuther - 2011-05-30 16:59

    Fifa is so corrupt and dirty. It's the ANC of workd soccer

  • Anton - 2011-05-30 17:04

    What a bunch of criminals these FIFA executives are. The one is worse than the other. For years and years we have been warned about these thugs, but few of us wanted to listen. With international soccer now being the most corrupt sport in the world, would it not be great, if soccer administrators over the world, would start a new ,clean, organisation, which would bring soccer back to the great sport it is.

  • Leviathan - 2011-05-30 17:59

    im sure they deny it, u says they r guilty of corruption? They got bought they would even giv Zim the WC is Mugabe gave them enough money. It looks like FIFA didnt even think about who 2 give the WC 2. They didnt think about conditions, if they could really host a WC, Qatar does not hav many cities and the population is very small. U wil probably find WC will b in 2 cities. But u cares money is great

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