Valcke says controversial email to Warner is genuine

2011-05-30 10:59

 Zurich – Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said an email he sent to Fifa vice-president Jack Warner suggesting the 2022 World Cup was “bought” by Qatar was genuine.

The email was made public by an angry Warner soon after he was banned from all football-related activity by Fifa’s Ethics Committee yesterday.

The exchange between Warner and Valcke involved discussions about Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar, who at that point was standing for Fifa president against Sepp Blatter.

Valcke told reporters in Zurich: “It was a private email and we will discuss it. He sent me an email asking if I want that (Bin Hammam to run), he said that I should ask Bin Hammam to pull out.”

Valcke said today Warner had only published selected parts of the email, and he denied claims by Warner and Bin Hammam that he had influenced the ethics committee against them.

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