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Fifa chief warns Spain and Qatar over World Cup note

Chuck Blazer
Blazer is a Fifa executive committee member

Spain and Qatar have been warned over a note that was passed between them at a recent Fifa meeting.

Qatar and the joint Spain and Portugal bids for 2018 and 2022 are being probed by Fifa over allegations of collusion.

"I don't think it was the time or place," said Fifa executive member Chuck Blazer. "It shouldn't have happened but nothing more than that."

It is unclear whether the note - which said "We're going to win" - referred to the probe or their World Cup bids.

Blazer, who saw the note at the meeting on 29 October in Zurich, added: "It is more likely that it referred to the ethics committee and the fact that nobody had provided any hard evidence of collusion."

Fifa's ethics committee will rule next week on another two of the 24 members, Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii, who have been suspended following allegations in the Sunday Times that they wanted cash for their votes.

Meanwhile, former Minister for Sport Richard Caborn has suggested that a forthcoming Panorama's forthcoming investigation into Fifa's conduct is "unpatriotic".

"I support investigative journalism and I welcome it," Caborn told BBC Radio Shefflied.

"But there is a Fifa ethics committee to look at allegations made against the world governing body. Panorama should refer this information and not give England's opponents opportunities to do it down.

"The timing of Panorama....I've told them I won't go on it. I think it is being unpatriotic. They could have got that information to the ethics committee and they could have screened it much earlier. It's about ratings and circulations and it's not about backing the bid.

"You have to question the editor of the Sunday Times and the editor of Panorama programme. In the real world when people are making those allegations then it's going to leave a bad taste in the mouth."

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