Chung slams 'cynical' FIFA ethics probe of charity money

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon says any ethics committee investigation of his disaster relief donation to Pakistan would be ''cynical.''

The South Korean lawmaker launched his FIFA election campaign Monday with strong criticism of outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

In 2010, as FIFA vice president, Chung pledged $400,000 for football projects in Pakistan after floods there.

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In June, the Asian Football Confederation sent FIFA ethics investigators details of unspent donations, according to a letter to the Pakistan Football Federation seen by The Associated Press.

Chung says in a statement he would condemn any probe as ''a cynical and unethical effort by FIFA to misrepresent even charitable donations for political manipulation.''

All FIFA contenders must pass an integrity check by the ethics committee to be candidates in the Feb. 26 election.