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FIFA Vice-President dismisses BBC programme as 'nonsense'

Thu 25th Nov 2010 | FIFA

BBC Panorama's investigation into World Cup bidding has been attacked by FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, claiming the "nonsense" programme will have "negative fall-out" for England's World Cup bid.

The vote to decide who will host the World Cup in 2018/2022, will be held in seven days time in Zurich and the BBC are planning to screen the programme on Monday, three days before the vote.

It’s understood that Panorama have written to Warner as well as FIFA president Sepp Blatter asking for responses to a number of allegations. However, Warner said he believed the programme was a personal vendetta, and insists he was not worried about the contents of the investigation.

Speaking to the Trinidad newspaper Newsday, Warner said: "I leave here on Sunday to go to vote on the bid. I haven't yet made up my mind how I'm voting, but the BBC, I'm totally dismissive of the BBC."

Asked whether Panorama could negatively affect the vote for England, he said: "I believe it might. I don't know really how much it would do that but I would imagine there must be some negative fall-out, how much I really don't know."

Warner added: "I don't want to dignify the foolishness by the BBC and what they want to show. If the BBC wants to show anything, they could show it, what more could the BBC say about Jack Warner, come on, and while the BBC is doing its nonsense, I am doing my work, so I'm not worried about that."

 

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