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FIFA boss Blatter: We will not investigate Qatar bid

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has made it clear that an investigation into Qatar's winning World Cup bid will not be held. The Middle Eastern nation won the rights to host the 2022 tournament late last year but recently there has been plenty of talk regarding bribes taken to win votes.

An email from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke suggested that Qatar had 'bought' the tournament but he later backtracked and said that he had been referring to the financial power of the bid.

There have been calls to investigate the bid for the 2022 Cup but Blatter told CNN that this would not occur as it would upset the upcoming tournaments in Brazil in 2014 and then in Russia in 2018.

"No. I don't know why we should go in - then we shall go to all, then we shall start with Brazil and all before," he said.

"I don't know why we should open something because somebody has said something towards Qatar.

"Let me work now on this new approach of the ethics committee, let me work with this committee of solutions and if this committee of solutions or the ethics committee have the impression that they should do something then let them take the decisions."

And with two FIFA members, Jack Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam, currently suspended on bribery charges, Blatter said he would not back a lifetime ban despite bringing a new zero tolerance stance.

"No - to say if there is an offence against an ethic code, it is a life ban - everyone has the right to defend itself," he added.

"Zero tolerance is not a killing instinct that we have to kill people. Zero tolerance means that if you commit something outside the play of field, you will have a punishment. But it can be a yellow card, it can be a red card, it can be a suspension for two games, three game [or] a lifetime."

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