ZURICH: The Spanish member of FIFA's executive committee on Thursday lashed out at “slander” against his colleagues at football's governing body, during an impassioned pitch for Spain-Portugal's bid for the 2018 World Cup.
“You have already heard enough slander in the media. The bidding process is clean,” Angel Maria Villar Llona told his 21 fellow committee members just hours before they decide on the host for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022.
The race to host the events was marred by British media reports of corruption in the midst of FIFA's executive committee.
Spain-Portugal and 2022 candidate Qatar were also accused of illicit collusion, a claim they have both denied.
“FIFA is a clean institution. FIFA works honestly for football and for the world, and my colleagues here are honest and hardworking for football. And all my colleagues that aren't here are like that,” as well, said Villar Llona.
The allegations of corrupt practice among FIFA officials in the British media were widely seen as harming the chances of one of Spain-Portugal's biggest rivals, England, in the race to host the 2018 World Cup.
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