One of the main rivals to Sepp Blatter's FIFA Presidency has stated firmly that the world football governing body is not corrupt.
Mohamed Bin Hammam, Qatari President of the Asian Football Federation, made the claim from his billion pound palace in Doha just prior to him travelling by Lear jet to the monthly regional FIFA executive meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
"FIFA may need a bit of tweaking here and there, but I can categorically state that the association is whiter than white", Hammam asserted while being served hand and foot by a bevvy of scantily clad maidens.
"Ordinary football fans would not believe the amount of sacrifice we executive members have to make in order to keep the wheels of FIFA turning.
Only last week, I was an hour late for my monthly casino night with Sepp and the guys in Monte Carlo as I had difficulty getting through to my bookmaker in London to put £10,000 on the Fulham - Liverpool game".
Its hard work, but I suppose some poor sod has to do it.