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Sepp Blatter quizzed over FIFA World Cups to Russia, Qatar

Sepp Blatter, the former scandal-plagued FIFA president, gave testimony in Switzerland on April 20 over the awarding of World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar, a source close to the investigation revealed

football Updated: Apr 28, 2017 01:23 IST
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Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter was questioned over the controversial awarding of the World Cups to Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022.(REUTERS)

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was called as a witness into a French investigation into the controversial awarding of the World Cups to Russia in 2018 and Qatar 2022, a source said on Thursday.

Blatter, the long-time head of scandal-plagued FIFA until he was forced out in 2015 and banned from football, gave testimony in Switzerland on April 20, the source close to the investigation said, confirming a report in France’s Le Monde newspaper,

Last year French financial authorities opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption, criminal association and influence-peddling at FIFA in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Swiss and US investigators are also pursuing action at FIFA.

The awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was particularly controversial with countries with a more established culture of football and football infrastructure missing out.

The FIFA Executive Committee vote to give 2022 to Qatar was one of the triggers for the crisis at FIFA and the end of Blatter’s long reign.