Sepp Blatter refuses to rule out a rerun of voting for the 2022 World Cup because of corruption claims
May 20, 2011 2:49PM
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has not ruled out a rerun of voting for the 2022 World Cup host, after claims of corruption rocked last year's vote.
A rerun would give Australia a chance to snare the finals after it was knocked out in the first round of voting in December last year.
The right to host the world's biggest sporting event was controversially award to Qatar.
But Blatter told UK newspaper The Independent that an inquiry, sparked by claims of corruption made in The Sunday Times, could see the FIFA executive cast their votes again.
Blatter told the Press Association there was a groundswell of support "circulating around the world" for the voting process to be rerun.
"But don't ask me now yes or no, let us go step by step. It's like we are in an ordinary court and in an ordinary court we cannot ask: 'If, if, if'," he told the Press Assocation.
FIFA president since 1998, Blatter is being challenged by Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam, 61, president of the Asian Football Confederation, at the June 1 poll.
"I'm very confident," Blatter said during a recent interview.
"FIFA isn't ready for total change, where the running of operations would go to the six confederations. If we dismantle the pyramid, it will fall down.''
Blatter said he had been boosted by support from UEFA president Michel Platini and the Oceania Federation.http://www.foxsports.com.au/football...-1226059735956