- Associated Press - Monday, November 29, 2010

ZURICH (AP) - Reynald Temarii’s lawyer says it is blackmail to demand the suspended FIFA vice president gives up his legal rights so Oceania can vote for 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.

Temarii has not waived his right to appeal a one-year ban for ethics violations _ which FIFA says must happen before its smallest confederation can vote on Thursday.

Lawyer Geraldine Lesieur tells The Associated Press Temarii feels he’s being asked to be a sacrificial hero.

She says obliging the Oceania president to stand aside “will be true blackmail.”

Temarii wants FIFA to provide detailed reasons why it banned him for breaking confidentiality rules when he spoke with undercover reporters.

Oceania wants FIFA to let acting president David Chung vote in the secret ballots.


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