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FIFA Executive Committee member admits illegal ticket sale

FIFA Executive Committee member Ismail Bhamjee (Botswana) confirmed today in a written statement that he has sold 2006 FIFA World Cup tickets for triple the amount of the face value.

As an immediate reaction to this behaviour, FIFA's Emergency Committee under the chairmanship of President Joseph S. Blatter decided that Mr. Bhamjee had to immediately resign from all FIFA World Cup-related duties and leave Germany at the earliest possible moment.

FIFA President Blatter stated: "I am very disappointed about the conduct of a member of the FIFA Executive Committee. In such a situation, FIFA acts immediately and firmly, also in line with the decisions taken at the Congress in Munich on 7 and 8 June."

FIFA has been informed and subsequently been presented with evidence today in Berlin by a reporter of the British Mail on Sunday newspaper about the above mentioned fact.

Ismail Bhamjee admitted to the above and signed the following declaration:

"I, Ismail Bhamjee, Member of the FIFA Executive Committee, hereby confirm the fact that I have sold on 12 CAT 1 tickets of the 2006 FIFA World Cup match England – Trinidad & Tobago (played on 15 June in Nuremberg) for EUR 300 each, i.e. EUR 200 above face value (EUR 100) for each ticket.

"I deeply regret this incorrect act and apologize to FIFA for violating the relevant Terms & Conditions governing the sale of tickets for the 2006 FIFA World Cup."