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 Sunday, July 9
Dempsey's abstention culminates in resignation
 
 ESPN.com news services

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The soccer official who handed Germany the 2006 World Cup by abstaining from the vote on the site said Sunday he will step down in September.

Charlie Dempsey, the Oceania's FIFA representative, defied his confederation's mandate to support South Africa in the FIFA ballot if England had been knocked out. By abstaining Thursday in the third round of voting, he allowed Germany to win the ballot 12-11.

Dempsey reveals European threats
before FIFA vote
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Charlie Dempsey, who handed Germany the 2006 World Cup by abstaining from the FIFA site vote, said Monday that he was threatened by European interests.

Dempsey, the Oceania Football Confederation president, defied the organization's mandate to support South Africa if England had been knocked out. By abstaining Thursday in the third round of voting, he allowed Germany to win the ballot 12-11.

"The night before the FIFA meeting I received a number of calls which disturbed me. One of them was a threatening call," said Dempsey, who announced his retirement as OFC president Sunday.

"It had also been made clear to me by influential European interests that if I cast my vote in favor of South Africa there would be adverse effects for OFC in FIFA."

If Dempsey, 78, voted for South Africa to make it 12-all, FIFA president Sepp Blatter would have cast the deciding vote. Blatter had campaigned heavily for the African nation.

If Dempsey, 78, voted for South Africa to make it 12-all, FIFA president Sepp Blatter would have cast the deciding vote. Blatter had campaigned heavily for the African nation.

Dempsey announced his resignation after a meeting with Oceania Confederation executives.

"Behind closed doors the executive met and discussed -- I wasn't present -- and gave approval to the explanations that I gave for what took place in Zurich," Dempsey said.

"But after all this consideration and the (media) harassment, I will retire at the end of September because I cannot accept what has taken place over the last three days."

The 1998 World Cup was held in France, and the 2002 Cup will be staged in South Korea and Japan.

West Germany was host of the World Cup in 1974. It has never been staged in Africa.

OFC vice president Johnny Tinsley Lulu said Dempsey was retiring because executive members made it clear they were unhappy with his explanation of the events in Zurich.

OFC executive members said if Dempsey had not offered to retire he would have been told to step down.

"The call definitely would have been made for him to step down. My view is that when an executive directive is given it should be complied with," said Sahu Khan, Fiji's representative to the OFC.

FIFA has said it will hold an internal investigation into the events surrounding last Thursday's vote.
 


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