FIFA official sees Spain-Portugal, Qatar cleared of World Cup vote trading

Chuck Blazer says he thinks the vote relates to clearance by ethics committee probe
FIFA official sees Spain-Portugal, Qatar cleared of World Cup vote trading
Zurich based FIFA will announce ethics committee’s decision on November 17 (Getty Images)
By Elsa Baxter
Sat 13 Nov 2010 09:57 AM

FIFA official Chuck Blazer says a note passed between Spain-Portugal and Qatar during a World Cup bid meeting will be cleared over vote-trading allegations, it has been reported.

The note, written by Angel Villar Llona of Spain to Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar during the meeting last month, read “Congratulations, we are going to win.”

Blazer, a FIFA executive committee member, told the Associated Press he thought the note referred to the bidding teams being cleared by a FIFA ethics committee.

Blazer was quoted as saying: "There was nothing that had come up that seems to be anything in the way of evidence."

He added: "I think it might have been in response to that, but I have no way of knowing really what is in his mind."

Spain and Portugal have made a joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup, while Qatar has applied to host the 2022 tournament.

The Iberian team officially denied trading votes last month.

Qatar officials have not confirmed they are being investigated, according to the news agency report.

The ethics panel is set to publish its findings on November 17.

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