Sunday, 28 November 2010

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The Press Association: Bin Hammam denies backing bid

The Press Association: Bin Hammam denies backing bid: "Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam has denied reports stating that he has agreed to back the Spain-Portugal bid for the right to host the 2018 World Cup.
Spanish newspaper Marca quoted the Asian football chief as saying he would give the Iberian bid his support when FIFA's executive committee gathers on December 2 in return for their backing for Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
In a message to supporters on his official website, bin Hammam insisted he has never publicly supported one bid stating: 'A Spanish newspaper, called Marca, which I have never heard of, completely fabricated an interview with me, pretending that Asia and I will support Spain's bid.'
Support from Asia would be a setback for England's own ambitions to hold the tournament with Conmebol general secretary Eduardo Deluca having confirmed last Wednesday that Latin America's three votes would go to the Spain-Portugal bid, meaning they would potentially have seven guaranteed votes for Thursday's poll in Zurich."

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