Monday, June 09, 2014
BLATTER CLAIMS CORRUPTION ALLEGATION OVER QATAR 2022 IS RACIST AND DISCRIMINATORY
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is of the opinion that allegations surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid are motivated by racism.
Qatar was chosen as host in December 2010 but claims of corruption have prompted the football world governing to begin an inquiry.
Blatter stated that the storm against FIFA concerning the Arab nation bid to host the world in 2022 is of discrimination.
"There is a sort of storm against Fifa relating to the Qatar World Cup," Blatter said. "Sadly there's a great deal of discrimination and racism."
Blatter who was speaking to African football officials in Sao Paulo, confirmed that the latest allegations would be discussed at the Fifa Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On its part,the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at its general assembly in Sao Paulo, condemned what it termed "the repeated, deliberately hateful, defamatory and degrading attacks by some media, notably British, on the image and the integrity of the Confederation of African Football, its president, its members, its member associations and the entire African continent."
CAF added that it would urge the executive committee "to file a law suit, if necessary, so that the authors of this smearing and defamatory campaign against African football leaders are brought to book".
Qatar overcame competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to be named as 2022 hosts but the bidding process has been hit by a series of corruption claims.
American lawyer Michael Garcia is currently involved in an independent investigation into the bidding process and is due to deliver his report to Fifa in mid-July.
Garcia is investigating everyone connected with the bidding process for both the 2018 World Cup, to be staged in Russia, and the 2022 event.
Qatar's World Cup organising committee continues to reject claims of wrongdoing and says it is confident the vote was won fairly.