Zidane says backing Qatar bid wasn't for money

AP, Wednesday 9 Feb 2011

Zinedine Zidane says his decision to back Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid was motivated by a pledge to help football spread its roots in the Middle East, rather than because of money


In an interview with sports daily L'Equipe Wednesday, the former France star denies suggestions he received "10, 11, 12, 13 million euros" to promote the bid and says he was interested in a "project that's beneficial for the future of sport." Qatar surprised many observers when it beat competition from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to host the prestigious FIFA tournament.

Zidane acknowledges that he did get paid "a lot of money" but that "it wasn't even a third of these sums" reported in various media outlets since Qatar won the vote in December.

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