Todt plays down F1 protester death

Sat, 21 April 2012, 02:35

Apr.21 (GMM) FIA president Jean Todt was unmoved on Saturday despite reports a Bahraini protester has been killed during anti-F1 demonstrations.

Opposition groups, calling the dead protester a “F1 martyr”, claimed the latest clashes with police resulted in a body being left on the roof of a building less than 10 kilometres from the capital Manama.

Sky News in Britain said the Kingdom’s government declined to comment.

“We know protests can have a negative result,” Frenchman Todt told the BBC when asked about the reported death.

“We are a governing body running sport, you can have lots of protests and there can be consequences, and I am not sure the protests would not have happened if the grand prix would not have happened.”

The FIA president said all the teams support the Bahrain grand prix.

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