ZURICH (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter refused to comment on allegations linking Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid to payments received by voters.Blatter said at a news conference Friday following an executive committee meeting ”I have not even the right” to discuss claims published this week by the Daily Telegraph.The British newspaper said it had evidence that a Qatari company controlled by former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam paid almost $2 million to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner’s family after the December 2010 vote.Blatter referred questions to a statement on behalf of its ethics investigation panel, which was ”aware of the material identified in the published article.”The claims were aired as Blatter and other FIFA executive committee members were being interviewed in Zurich as part of an investigation by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding, won by Russia and Qatar.Pressed further on the subject, Blatter insisted he will not comment ”until they have finished their work.”Garcia is expected to deliver a report this year to the judging panel of FIFA’s ethics court.”As with any allegations of misconduct by football officials the ethics committee will take whatever action it feels is appropriate,”… Read full this story
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