Qatar v Zwanziger court case over World Cup 2022 remark next week

Qatar v Zwanziger court case over World Cup 2022 remark next week
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Published January 26th, 2016 - 17:53 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Zwanziger had rejected earlier attempts by Qatar to submit a cease and desist declaration
Zwanziger had rejected earlier attempts by Qatar to submit a cease and desist declaration

A German court will next week hear a case in which the Qatar football federation is suing former German federation (DFB) president and ex-FIFA executive Theo Zwanziger for referring to the 2022 World Cup hosts as the "cancerous growth on world football."

The Dusseldorf regional court said in a statement Tuesday that the case, with the amount in dispute named at 100,000 euros (108,000 dollars), will start on February 2. It said a verdict is not expected that day.

Zwanziger, the DFB president until 2012 and executive at the ruling body FIFA until 2015, has been a long-standing critic of the Qatar World Cup and called for it to be stripped of the tournament in the past.

He made the statement leading to the court case in a radio interview with Hessischer Rundfunk last June when asked in connection with corruption allegations against FIFA whether the World Cup vote should be reviewed.

"I always clearly said that Qatar is the cancerous growth on world football. It all started with this decision" to elect Qatar World Cup hosts, he said.

The court quoted the Qatar federation as saying Zwanziger's statement showed collective disrespect and was slanderous, while it said Zwanziger's view was the remark was referring not to Qatar as nation but rather FIFA's awarding process and vote result.

Zwanziger had rejected earlier attempts by Qatar to submit a cease and desist declaration.

The awarding of Qatar for 2022, and Russia for the 2018 World Cup, is also investigated by Swiss prosecutors in one of the ongoing corruption probes.

Zwanziger meanwhile is one of three former DFB officials probed by German authorities on suspicion of tax evasion in connection with a payment to FIFA around Germany's hosting of the 2006 World Cup.

© 2015 dpa GmbH

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