Media Release

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Open letter from FIFA President Blatter to WAN

Replying to a letter and several statements from the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter today sent an open letter to WAN Chief Executive, Timothy Balding.

In this letter, the FIFA President addresses various issues raised by WAN and also sets the record straight on certain facts in this respect. Following the copy of the open letter for your information.

Open letter from Joseph S. Blatter

For further information, please contact:

FIFA Media Department – tel.:+41-43/222 7272, fax: +41-43/222 7373, E-mail:

FIFA COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION / Zurich, 1 March 2006 / MediaAdvisory Open Letter to WAN-E-20060301.doc