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ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has refused to comment on allegations linking Qatars winning World Cup bid to payments received by voters. Blatter said at a news conference on Friday "I have not even the right" to discuss claims published this week by the Daily Telegraph. The British newspaper said it had evidence that a Qatari company controlled by former FIFA board member Mohamed bin Hammam paid almost $2 million to former FIFA vice-president Jack Warners family after the December 2010 vote. Blatter referred questions to a statement on behalf of its ethics investigation panel, which was "aware of the material identified in the published article." The claims were aired as Blatter and other FIFA executive committee members were being interviewed in Zurich as part of an investigation by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, won by Russia and Qatar. Pressed further on the subject, Blatter insisted he will not comment "until they have finished their work." Garcia is expected to deliver a report this year to the judging panel of FIFAs ethics court. "As with any allegations of misconduct by football officials the ethics committee will take whatever action it feels is appropriate," the statement on behalf of Garcia said. Still, he has limited jurisdiction at best. Bin Hammam is already banned from football for life, and Warner resigned in June 2011 to avoid a previous FIFA investigation into a cash-for-votes scandal linked to the Qataris failed presidential bid. As future World Cup hosts continue to trouble FIFA, Blatter said he would make another visit to Qatar before the June kickoff in Brazil to press for progress in the gas-rich emirates treatment of migrant labourers. Blatters board colleague, Theo Zwanziger, said FIFA has asked Qatari authorities for "honest reports" on the situation. Labour unions and rights groups have campaigned to highlight unsafe conditions, unpaid salaries and contracts tying workers to their employer. Blatter dismissed suggestions that aggressive actions by 2018 World Cup host Russia toward neighbouring Ukraine in the breakaway Crimea region could affect the tournament. "The World Cup has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work," said Blatter, who counts Russias sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, among his board colleagues. FIFA and UEFA have also endorsed an agreement that Crimea region clubs Tavriya Simferopol and FC Sevastopol should complete the season in the Ukraine Premier League. Both clubs expressed interest in switching to the Russian league next season. Issues affecting FIFAs next three major tournament hosts have not damaged the governing bodys finances. Buoyed by record income of $1.386 billion last year, FIFA reported that its reserves grew to $1.432 billion after making a $72 million profit. FIFAs financial results typically peak in a World Cup year, which will be reported next March, and are set to grow with more valuable TV rights and sponsorship deals starting next year. "We will make more money for Russia and we will make more money for Qatar," secretary general Jerome Valcke said. "And if it is as it is, we will make more money for the World Cup 26." In other decisions: There was no agreement on a proposal for age and term limits in FIFA office. An option for three four-year terms was considered. The issue will go to the FIFA Congress on June 11 in Sao Paulo. The congress will be asked to extend mandates through 2015 for two co-opted woman board members: Moya Dodd of Australia and Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos Islands. Rabat and Marrakech were confirmed as host cities for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December, subject to Rabat stadium works being completed before September. 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The Foxes had been on course for victory after Jamie Vardys notched his 22nd goal of the season after 18 minutes, but the game turned on its head when referee Moss sent the England striker off for two bookings, the second of which being for simulation. Events transpired against the hosts further when West Ham were awarded a dubious penalty when Wes Morgan was penalised for tugging Winston Reid on 83 minutes, with Andy Carroll converting from 12 yards a minute later. Jamie Vardy walks off after being sent off in Leicesters 2-2 draw with West Ham I judge my players and not the referee, Ranieri told Sky Sports when asked for his opinion on the decision. The referee watched this, its OK.If some players dont play well or make mistakes, I speak with them and we try to improve their performance. The referee is not my matter. Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his equaliser for Leicester in stoppage time Despite admitting Vardys dismissal changed his teams approach, the Leicester boss was equally as dismissive when pressed on incident, adding: Nothing. If you want to know something about Jamie, ask Jamie.Why do I have to say something (about the incident) if you have already watched the game?The sending off changed all of our match. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was left frustated after his team were denied three points Having been pegged back by Carrolls penalty, Leicester title hopes took another blow when Aaron Cresswell rifled home a stunning effort on 86 minutes to complete the Hammers turnaround.Butt the Foxes showcased their title credentials when, after another questionable by the referee, Ulloa scored from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of the game.dddddddddddd Vardy reacts to referee Jon Moss And Ranieri highlighted the importance of the Argentines stoppage-time equaliser, and his sides fightback against a strong West Ham side, which preserved their buffer from second-placed Tottenham.(My team were) fantastic, fantastic, Ranieri said. We play every match with our soul - blood, heart and soul and it was magnificent.I said thank you to the players and to the fans, we must believe every time. This point is very important psychologically. Were Leicester decisions right? Thierry Henry and Emile Heskey analyse the decisions in the Foxes 2-2 draw with West Ham... To come back in the last minute after going down to 2-1 is very important. To produce something, that was important.I know that West Ham are a good team with good players. I said previously that they move the ball very well, they have three good strikers, they can change everything and they can deliver the ball well. Andy Carroll disputed the last-minute Leicester penalty that was given against him and felt it was very harsh on West Ham But we closed the space down well, they were only dangerous from free-kicks and corners. That for me is very important.Ranieri also dismissed any concerns Leicester had given Tottenham hope in the title race following the draw with West Ham. He added: Never we are worried. We were worried at the beginning of the season to achieve 40 points. Now we enjoy, I never speak with my players about the gap, blah, blah, blah. Everything is in our hands. 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