FIFA may go for another vote if charges are true

The FIFA president, bidding to be re-elected for a fourth term on June 1, also refused to rule out the possibility of re-staging the vote, won by Qatar, should the allegations turn out to be true. “We have organised and the newspaper have agreed (that) we will bring this whistleblower to Zurich and then we will have a discussion, an investigation,” Blatter told reporters.

Last Tuesday, a British parliamentary inquiry into why England failed to secure the 2018 finals was told by member of parliament Damian Collins there was evidence from the Sunday Times newspaper that Issa Hayatou of Cameroon and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast were paid by Qatar.

Qatar, chosen in December to host the 2022 World Cup ahead of United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea, have categorically denied the allegations as have Hayatou and Anouma.

Asked if that Qatar hosting decision could be reversed, Blatter replied: “This is an idea circulating already around the world which is alarming. Don't ask me yes or no, let us go step by step. I haven't identified the general whistleblower, for the time being, we have no name -- if it is man, or woman,” said Blatter.  “It will be the relevant authorities in FIFA which handles such cases, the secretary general. We have to deal with this matter and solve this matter in the Congress.”

Blatter, who stands for re-election against Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam at the Congress, said FIFA wanted the matter clarified by the end of next week. “We must know if the allegations are true or not true or unproven. If they are not true, then this case is over,” he said.  “Then we will see which instrument will work, it is of paramount importance that we have this situation clarified on the 27th.”

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