(WFI) Gilberto Madaíl, president of the Portuguese Football Federation, has reacted with “surprise and indignation” to reports suggesting the Spain-Portugal bid traded votes with Qatar 2022 in the World Cup bidding contest.
“The candidates from the Iberian Peninsula have made no agreements with other candidates,” Madail was quoted by AP on Friday.
The Iberian and Qatari bids were yesterday reported to be under investigation by FIFA’s ethics committee over the allegations.
FIFA’s rules prohibit collusion between candidates in the bidding race.
Meanwhile, Qatar has chosen not to comment on the allegations.
INSIDER understands the Gulf state’s bid leaders are currently seeking clarification from FIFA about the ethics process. Legal advice is also being taken.
The withdrawal of the USA from the 2018 race followed within hours by England dropping out of the 2022 contest has raised eyebrows among leaders of the two bidders.
Blatter distressed over scandal
FIFA president Sepp Blatter yesterday continued his damage limitation exercise following the World Cup bribery allegations that have rocked FIFA to its core.
On Thursday, Blatter was trying to save face before a meeting of the general assembly of the German football association (DFB) in Essen.
He gave a speech at the meeting, pausing for brief comment with reporters before heading back to Zurich.
“I am extremely distressed, it’s true,” Blatter was quoted by AFP. “Does this mean that we close down FIFA? We responded Wednesday that life and football should continue.”
OFC names acting president
Papua New Guinea’s David Chung has been appointed acting president of the OFC following FIFA’s suspension of Reynald Temarii over bribery allegations.
In a statement on Friday, the OFC said it was “business as usual” for the organisation, which is busy preparing for the start of the fifth edition of its O-League this weekend. Papua New Guinea’s Hekari United are the reigning champions.
The OFC said it would continue to co-operate fully with FIFA’s investigation into Temarii.
“In accordance with the OFC statutes, senior vice-president David Chung is the acting OFC president,” said the statement.
“It is business as usual for OFC and no further comments will be made until the FIFA ethics committee has dealt with this matter.”
FIFA Ex-co members Temarii and Amos Adamu were suspended by world football’s governing body on Wednesday pending a full investigation by its ethics committee into allegations made by the Sunday Times that they demanded cash for their votes in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid contest.
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