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Garcia quizzes Blatter, FIFA board on WCup

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FILE - In this May 10, 2011 file picture Mohamed Bin Hammam, chief of the Asian Football Confederation, talks to local media in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have distanced themselves from fresh allegations of corruption surrounding the Gulf nation's winning bid for the tournament in 2010. The Tuesday March 18, 2014 edition of British newspaper The Daily Telegraph alleges it has evidence that former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and his family were paid almost $2 million from a company controlled by Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari who used to be an executive committee member of world football's governing body (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia is interviewing Sepp Blatter and other voters who chose 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar.

FIFA says Garcia ''is currently in Zurich and is also interviewing some of the FIFA executive members as part of his ongoing work.''

Blatter and 12 colleagues, including UEFA president Michel Platini and Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko, remain on FIFA's board since the December 2010 vote.

Among nine voters who left FIFA, Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar was banned for life for financial wrongdoing.

Garcia's investigating team is focusing on FIFA board members after seeking interviews since last October with officials from the nine World Cup bid committees.

Garcia's law firm in New York has said his investigation should extend ''at least several months into 2014.''

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