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The BBC's Greg Ward
"Mr Dempsey had clear instructions to support South Africa's bid"
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Oceania football bosses seek revote
dempsey on the way into meeting in Auckland
Dempsey: Blamed media harassment
By Greg Ward in Auckland

Oceania football bosses are planning to call for a revote on the venue for the 2006 World Cup.

They say their Fifa representative, Charlie Dempsey, acted illegally by abstaining from last week's final round of voting in Zurich.

Charles Dempsey
Charlie Dempsey plans to give more details on his abstention

They may have secured his early retirement as head of the Oceania Football Confederation, but Oceania executive members are still far from happy about the outcome of last week's vote in Zurich.

Seventy-nine year old Mr Dempsey announced his early retirement during a lengthy meeting with the executive in Auckland.

Fiji's representative to Oceania, Dr Muhammad Sahu Khan, says Mr Dempsey ignored his statutory obligations by failing to support South Africa as instructed by his executive.

Explanation awaited

Dr Khan plans to contact Fifa, urging them to reconsider the validity of last week's voting and to hold a new vote.

Mr Dempsey is expected to reveal more details about the "unbearable pressure" he says faced before the final World Cup vote.

Fifa have dismissed calls for another vote.

But they did open an internal inquiry into sleaze allegations made in connection with the World Cup bidding.

The German Football Federation and the organising committee are being invited to join in the inquiry.

Soccer Australia chief Basil Scarsella has already declared his intention to bid for the Oceania confederation presidency when Dempsey officially steps down.

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