19 Oct 2010

Oceania will support Australia's World Cup host bid 2018 says Tonga official

7:06 am on 19 October 2010

Tonga's Football head says he believes the Oceania region will support Australia's bid to host the World Cup in 2018.

FIFA's Oceania representative, Reynald Temarii, was secretly filmed by a British newspaper, allegedly telling reporters he would back a United States bid.

The paper alleges Reynald Temarii wanted three million dollars for a sports academy in Auckland.

The general secretary of Tonga's federation, Ahongalu Fusimalohi, met with the reporters, but says he knew all along they were not legitimate.

"One of the lies that I told them is that first of all, maybe they want to come up with an offer, this is in the sense of the USA, you should just go straight to the OFC president, be genuine with it, and say this is what USA can work in partnership with OFC. Because Australia has done so much help to all of us in Oceania, and we will vote Australia, no doubt."

The general secretary of Tonga's federation, Ahongalu Fusimalohi.

The Oceania Football Confederation says its president, who has become involved in a World Cup bribery scandal, will cooperate fully with the FIFA Ethics Committee investigating him.