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Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke claims email suggesting Qatar 'bought' 2022 World Cup was misinterpreted

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has denied that an email sent to Jack Warner suggested Qatar had resorted to underhanded tactics to secure the 2022 World Cup.

Valcke admitted that the email is genuine but suggests that it has been misinterpreted, with his message simply stating that the Middle East nation had fairly used their financial strength to bolster their bid.

A statement from Valcke reads: “Mr Warner has published an email which I sent to him. I’d like to clarify that I may use in an email a 'lighter' way of expression by nature, a much less formal tone than in any form of correspondence.

“Having said that, when I refer to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in that email, what I wanted to say is that the winning bid used their financial strength to lobby for support.

“They were a candidate with a very important budget and have used it to heavily promote their bid all around the world in a very efficient manner.

“I have at no time made, or was intending to make, any reference to any purchase of votes or similar unethical behaviour.”

Valcke also suggested that there will be no investigation into the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup.

He added: “I would also like to clarify that there is, as I said yesterday, no investigation open at Fifa regarding the 2022 Fifa World Cup host election.”

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