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Football boss calls for Qatar bribery probe

The Local · 1 Jun 2011, 10:57

Published: 01 Jun 2011 10:57 GMT+02:00

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"I think there is a significant degree of suspicion that one cannot just dismiss," Zwanziger told ZDF public television, when asked about calls for the sport's world governing body to take away the event from Qatar.

"And that is why I reckon that the awarding of this World Cup must be re-examined with regard to these concerns," he said.

"I do not want to comment on how that might happen until I know more about the matter. I am an outsider and not a member of the executive committee," the DFB president added.

Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers on Monday "categorically denied" any wrongdoing, after claims by suspended FIFA vice-president Jack Warner that the Arab country "bought" the world's biggest sports extravaganza.

FIFA has been rocked by an unprecedented wave of corruption revelations of late, stemming from the race to host the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup, which Russia and Qatar won in December.

Two FIFA officials were suspended after a newspaper sting found they offered to sell their votes, while England's former 2018 bid chief said he witnessed "improper and unethical" behaviour by four FIFA voters, including Warner.

Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam, seen as highly influential in Qatar's successful bid, and officials from the tiny, resource-rich country have strongly denied claims that large bribes were paid to secure its shock victory.

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Despite the crisis, embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has led the body since 1998, is favourite to be re-elected unopposed for a fourth term Wednesday.


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16:47 June 1, 2011 by Englishted
F.I.F.A . is corrupt from the top down.

Always in house checking of "improper and unethical" claims.

It is no surprice that the H.Q. is in Switzerland with it's secret banking.

Russia and Qatar bought the World cups, I hope the sponsors withdraw from F.I.F.A. until it cleans up it's act, without Sepp Blatter the sleaze master.
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