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Dennis denies Mosley scandal link

Ron Dennis
McLaren were fined 50m for their role in the F1 spying scandal

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has denied he had any involvement in the newspaper expose into the private life of the head of motorsport Max Mosley.

Reports suggested the story, which claimed Mosley took part in a "Nazi-style orgy", could be linked to last year's F1 spying controversy.

But Dennis said: "I categorically deny I have anything to do with the story."

Dennis's McLaren team were fined 50m and stripped of constructors' points for possessing Ferrari documents.

And Radovan Novak, general secretary of the Czech Automobile Association, is alleged to have suggested in a Prague radio interview that the newspaper sting and the spying scandal are connected.

"We are writing to Mr Novak and are currently considering the appropriate route via which the remarks that have been attributed to him may be withdrawn or corrected," said Dennis.

Mosley is under pressure to quit as president of governing body the FIA and faces a vote of confidence during an extraordinary hearing of the FIA's general assembly in Paris on 3 June.

The 68-year-old, who denies his actions had any Nazi connotations, is also seeking unlimited damages from the News of the World and the case will be heard in July. The newspaper stands by their story.

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