Blatter backs top FIFA official after Qatar gaffe

AP, Tuesday 21 Jun 2011

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has given his full support to secretary general Jerome Valcke, whose comments about World Cup host Qatar in a private email embarrassed football’s governing body


FIFA says there “no pending issues” between them, despite Blatter declining to back his top administrator at a May 30 news conference after the email was leaked by then FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

Blatter and Valcke “look forward to working together in full confidence and trust in the next four-year cycle, as they have done for the past four years,”FIFA says in a statement.

Valcke wrote to Warner that Qatar had “bought” 2022 hosting rights. The French official later said he referred to Qatar’s financial power and hadn’t implied any wrongdoing.

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