Apr.25 (GMM) Max Mosley's visit to the Jordan Rally this week is not running as smoothly as he perhaps would have hoped.
Despite the Spanish grand prix at Barcelona also taking place this weekend, the embattled FIA president accepted an invitation from the organisers of the inaugural Jordan event to mark his first public outing since the sex scandal broke.It had already emerged, however, that the Kingdom's King Abdullah II would not be officially receiving the beleaguered Briton.The British newspaper The Independent, meanwhile, reports that many rally team members have been instructed to avoid Mosley, 68, if they spot him at the event.It is also believed that a royal dinner on Wednesday evening was so poorly attended because Mosley was a guest.He plans to meet with teams and bosses on Friday, but one told the Daily Mail that he considers Mosley's visit to be a political ploy: "I do not like our sport being held hostage."The FIA president's next move could be a visit to Israel, after an invitation from sports minister Galeb Majadle."Mosley will see the invitation from a country so obviously sensitive to anti-Semitism as proof that he can discharge his role as FIA president," the Daily Mail said."Others will see it as empty posturing ahead of (the) FIA's vote over his conduct, scheduled for June 3," it added.