Top official says major sponsors do not have an issue with Fifa's honesty

Top official says major sponsors do not have an issue with Fifa's honesty
A file picture taken on December 2, 2010 shows FIFA President Sepp Blatter holding up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

PARIS - Fifa's major sponsors do not doubt the integrity of football's governing body in the light of the allegations of corruption over the controversial Qatar bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke told French radio today.

Five of Fifa's six major sponsors, which account for hundreds of millions of dollars of finance each year, have called for a thorough investigation of the allegations.

However, Valcke said they were not querying the honesty of the body itself.

"They have only asked that Fifa shows that it has been totally transparent regarding the investigation," he told France Inter.

Valcke also said in the interview that he believed embattled Fifa president Sepp Blatter would be re-elected to a new term next year despite European football chiefs calling for him to step down.

Blatter has been president since 1998. But his rule has never seen a controversy like the accusations that Qatar paid for votes when Fifa chose the Gulf country to host the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar has strongly denied involvement in wrongdoing.

Qatar beat the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea to the 2022 tournament, despite a Fifa technical report which warned that searing temperatures during June and July in Qatar posed a health risk.

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