Fifa will clear us, says Australia 2022 bid

JOHANNESBURG - Leaders of Australia's 2022 World Cup bid expect Fifa to clear them of allegations they offered illegal gifts and inducements in their campaign.

JOHANNESBURG - Leaders of Australia's 2022 World Cup bid expect Fifa to clear them of allegations they offered illegal gifts and inducements in their campaign.

Football Federation Australia chairperson Frank Lowy said he believes Fifa's ethics committee could publish its favorable report "within days".

"I understand and expect that Fifa will give us clearance," Lowy said after talking with senior Fifa figures at a meeting of the 2010 World Cup organising committee.

Lowy said he was optimistic that the episode prompted by newspaper allegations would not undermine Australia's bid during the final five months of campaigning.

"Did it cause damage? Well, it didn't bring us credit," he said. "Sometimes from a bit of adversity, if you handle it right you do get some advantage. We haven't deviated from any rules." - Sapa-AP

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