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Blatter: No comment on Qatar 2022 payment claims
Blatter refuses comment on new claims Qatar 2022 payments to FIFA World Cup voters
By GRAHAM DUNBAR
Associated Press
2014-03-21 11:42 PM

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has refused to comment on allegations linking Qatar's winning World Cup bid to payments received by voters.

Blatter says "I have not even the right" to discuss claims published by the Daily Telegraph.

The British newspaper said it had evidence that a Qatari company controlled by former FIFA board member Mohamed bin Hammam paid almost $2 million to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner's family after the December 2010 vote.

FIFA issued a statement that said its ethics investigation panel "is aware of the material identified in the published article."

Blatter was interviewed this week as part of an investigation by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Blatter says he will not comment "until they have finished their work."

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