Former FIFA executive Zwanziger reacts with irony in Qatar case

Former FIFA executive Zwanziger reacts with irony in Qatar case
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Published June 13th, 2015 - 18:06 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Zwanziger has referred to Qatar as a
Zwanziger has referred to Qatar as a "cancerous growth on world football"

Former FIFA executive Theo Zwanziger has reacted with irony to legal action by Qatar officials in connection with a statement he made over their hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

"This action will probably decisively boost the popularity of Qatar as World Cup hosts, and their image in the world," Zwanziger was quoted by Saturday's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) as saying.

The FAZ also said, citing Qatar embassy officials from Berlin, that a demand note has now been sent to Zwanziger to submit a cease and desist declaration.

Zwanziger has referred to Qatar as a "cancerous growth on world football" in connection to the controversial hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

In a statement Thursday, Qatar officials accused Zwanziger of "an unacceptable slander and vilification of the citizens and community ... Freedom of expression is allowed but that does not include the right to defame and insult by using a term like 'cancerous growth'."

Zwanziger, 70, is a former German football federation president and was a member on the executive committee of the ruling body FIFA between 2011 and last month. He has been a strong critic of FIFA's decision, made before his term, to award the World Cup to the Gulf state.

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