Todt plays down F1 protester death in Bahrain

(L to R): Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President and Norman Howell (GBR). Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday 21 April 2012.

Jean Todt in Bahrain

Apr.21 (GMM) FIA president Jean Todt was unmoved on Saturday despite reports that a Bahraini protester has been killed during anti-Formula 1 demonstrations in the island kingdom.

Opposition groups, calling the dead protester an “F1 martyr”, claimed that 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 that 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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