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FIFA rejects Warner's claims over $1 WCup TV deals

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2010 file picture a snow covered tree and the FIFA logo are photographed at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA has lifted a threat to suspend Switzerland from world football after the national association disciplined FC Sion in a dispute over ineligible players. FIFA says its emergency committee decided that the Swiss FA fulfilled a demand to deal with Sion by a Jan. 13 2012 deadline. Swiss club FC Basel is now cleared to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 next month, and the national team will host Argentina in a Feb. 29 friendly. FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2010 file picture a snow covered tree and the FIFA logo are photographed at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA has lifted a threat to suspend Switzerland from world football after the national association disciplined FC Sion in a dispute over ineligible players. FIFA says its emergency committee decided that the Swiss FA fulfilled a demand to deal with Sion by a Jan. 13 2012 deadline. Swiss club FC Basel is now cleared to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 next month, and the national team will host Argentina in a Feb. 29 friendly. (AP Photo/Keystone/Steffen Schmidt,File)
January 6, 2012
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ZURICH—FIFA says former vice president Jack Warner peddled "inaccuracies and falsehoods" when he claimed last month that he got World Cup television rights for $1 in exchange for supporting Sepp Blatter's presidential campaigns.

FIFA confirms that Warner received Caribbean broadcasting rights for $1, though from 1986 and not -- as Warner claimed -- from 1998 when Blatter was first elected.

FIFA says the deals had "nothing to do" with Blatter's election campaigns.

FIFA says World Cup rights were often sold until 1998 for nominal sums to maximize coverage in developing nations, and provide soccer bodies with extra revenue from selling on rights to broadcasters.

The governing body says Warner was expected to raise money for the Caribbean Football Union.

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