Mosley: Damages to go to the FIA Foundation

The Senate has accepted FIA President Max Mosley s request for an Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting and they will meet on 3rd June to hold a vote of confidence. The meeting will be held in Paris with a secret ballot of more than 200 members held.

Mosley has called the meeting after revelations about his private life were printed in a British newspaper. Despite many calls for his resignation, Mosley is determined to remain as FIA President and has called for the meeting to allow the FIA to discuss the matter.

A statement released by the FIA reads, “The FIA can confirm that the members of the Senate have unanimously approved the proposal of the President of the FIA, that further to the recent press coverage relating to his private life, an Extraordinary General Assembly should be convened.

“The meeting will be held on June 3, 2008, in Paris. The General Assembly will include a vote of confidence by secret ballot.”

Meanwhile, Mosley has announced that any damages awarded to him in his pending action against the News of the World will be donated to the FIA Foundation, a foundation which promotes road safety, safety in motor sport and the environment.

A statement released via his solicitors, Steeles Law, reads, “At Mr Mosley’s request directions have been set for an early trial. Whilst Mr Mosley has every intention of getting the largest possible sum in damages from the publishers of the News of the World, so that they should be deterred from doing this to others in the future, Mr Mosley intends to donate any damages in the case to the FIA Foundation.”

In a letter written to ADAC, the German motoring federation, over the weekend, Mosley has denied any wrongdoing and has said he sees no reason to resign from his role as FIA President.

“A scandal paper obtained, by illegal means, pictures of something that I did in private which, although unacceptable to some people, was harmless and totally legal,” Mosley wrote. “Many people do things in their bedrooms or have personal habits which others find repugnant but as long as they kept private, no-one objects.

“The offence seems not to be what I did, but the fact it became public. But I played no role in this – indeed I did my utmost to ensure it remained private. I was the victim of a disgusting conspiracy.

“It goes without saying that the so-called Nazi element is total fabrication. This will become crystal clear when this matter comes to trial. The newspaper invented it in order to spice up their story and introduce my family background.

“In short, I think I have done nothing wrong and that the wrong was done by the newspaper. This is why I am suing them.”