Blatter rules out probe into Qatar 'cash for vote' claims

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Doha, Jun 7: Sepp Blatter, the recently re-elected President of FIFA has informed that he will not launch an investigation in to Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup. This is despite numerous allegations surfacing that the Gulf Arab country had offered bribes to get votes for its bid to secure the hosting rights for the gala event.

But, he has also cleared the air by saying that he won't come in the way if the ethics committee of football's apex organisation decides to conduct an enquiry.

Blatter was quoted by CNN as saying, "I don't know why we should go in [on Qatar] - then we shall go to all [World Cup hosts]. I don't know why we should open something because somebody has said something towards Qatar."

He added, “If this committee of solutions or the ethics committee have the impression that they should do something then let them take the decisions."

Earlier, the FIFA President had ruled out a new vote on the venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled to be held at Qatar, saying, "There is no issue for the World Cup in 2022. I believe that the decision taken for the World Cup in 2022 was done exactly in the same pattern and in the same way as the 2018 tournament."

Blatter, who has been the President of FIFA since 1998, was re-elected again last week after he ended up as the lone candidate in the fray. The other candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam was suspended from FIFA after allegations of bribery surfaced against him. Critics say that Blatter conveniently forced the expulsion of Bin Hammam, the suspended Asian Football Confederation chairman. They also pointed out that, in the aftermath of Hammam's suspension, FIFA should have put a stay on the polls until the completion of hearing on Bin Hammam's case and the verdict.

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