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Statement of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to the article of the English newspaper “Daily Mail” of today, 28 February 2002

"I am not surprised to learn of such an article at this time. It is part of a destabilization and defamation campaign against my person that has been ongoing for some time.

Recently, FIFA has been aware of the fact that this campaign has been launched intentionally.

I have responded myself several times and in full length to all allegations in connection with the election in 1998."