Berlin - Former German president Christian Wulff on Monday
rejected allegations by the embattled president of world soccer's governing
body, FIFA, that Wulff tried to exert political pressure before the World Cup
was awarded to Russia and Qatar.
"The statement by Mister (Sepp) Blatter regarding
former President Christian Wulff is false," Wulff's office said in a short
Blatter has become entangled in a corruption investigation
of the sport's governing body that involves the decision to hold the World Cup
in the two countries. Blatter has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but he
has retained an attorney.
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In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag,
Blatter said that Wulff and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy had tried
to influence their voting representatives before the World Cup was awarded to
Russia and Qatar.
"Therefore, we now have a World Cup in Qatar. The
people who decided this should also take responsibility," Blatter was
quoted as saying.
There was no immediate reaction from Sarkozy's office.
Europe soccer chief Michel Platini has repeatedly said that
nobody had asked him to vote for Qatar. "Neither Sarkozy nor anyone,"
he told the newspaper L'Equipe a year ago.
Blatter announced in June that he would step down as FIFA
president after an election that is likely to take place late this year or
early next year.For
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