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Valcke's straight talk stretches FIFA diplomacy
FIFA's Valcke tests diplomatic limits again with straight talk on winter World Cup in Qatar
By GRAHAM DUNBAR
Associated Press
2014-01-10 03:01 AM

GENEVA (AP) -- At FIFA, only one view often seems to count in world football, and that belongs to President Sepp Blatter.

When FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke takes center stage for the governing body, his plain speaking can push the diplomatic limits in football politics.

Valcke made headlines this week telling a radio station in his native France that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar "will not be June and July."

When he suggested "it will be played between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15 at the latest," he was repeating his boss' oft-stated view.

Yet it appeared to pre-judge a consultation Valcke is overseeing for FIFA's elected executive committee.

Not for the first time, Valcke provoked FIFA board members -- including vice president Michel Platini -- to complain he overstepped his authority.

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