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FIFA admits 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts could change because of the ongoing investigation

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:28 UTC
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Domenico Scala said if evidence of wrongdoing is found by the ongoing criminal investigations, rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup could be stripped. Domenico Scala said if evidence of wrongdoing is found by the ongoing criminal investigations, rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup could be stripped.
”Even if there is evidence that FIFA people were bribed, where is the problem? With FIFA, people had no choice but to get the World Cup with bribing?”, said Tognoni ”Even if there is evidence that FIFA people were bribed, where is the problem? With FIFA, people had no choice but to get the World Cup with bribing?”, said Tognoni
“Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups by democratic vote of the Executive Committee,” FIFA underlined in a statement “Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups by democratic vote of the Executive Committee,” FIFA underlined in a statement

Head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee says World Cup hosts could change as a result of ongoing investigation. Domenico Scala says if any evidence of wrongdoing is found by the ongoing criminal investigations into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the rights to host the tournament could be stripped.

 The separate investigations by the United States and Switzerland into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar are searching for concrete evidence that suggests bribes were taken by FIFA officials in exchange for their vote in the World Cup selection procedure.

Guido Tognoni worked as a special adviser to FIFA president Sepp Blatter during the 90’s and early 2000’s. He disagrees with Scala that the tournaments may be taken away, yet agrees that bribes likely facilitated the awarding of these two tournaments.

“In FIFA, for many years, you could only reach your goal by taking dollars in your hands … Even if there is evidence that FIFA people were bribed, where is the problem? With FIFA, or the people who had no choice but to get the World Cup with bribing?” Tognoni told BBC sport.

On Monday, FIFA sent out statements regarding the comments made by Scala and Tognoni. The controversy-laden federation says there are currently “no legal grounds” to remove the World Cups from Russia and Qatar.

“Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups by democratic vote of the Executive Committee,” FIFA said in their statement.

As to the comments by Blatter’s former right-hand man Tognoni, FIFA says they created the Swiss investigation into the awarding of the World Cup in order to answer the questions he raised and clear their name in the matter.

Until the investigation reaches a conclusion and decision, both Russia and Qatar have announced they will continue all preparations for the tournaments as planned and insist their bids were clean.

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  • Idlehands

    Let's hope the FA trump the UK government.

    The government knows nothing about football and would be keen on a bid to bring the tournament to the UK. The FA on the other hand can see that both are a poisoned chalice and wouldn't be worth the bother of trying. There's already an anti English sentiment within FIFA so the chances of success are minimal and a victory would only compound that sentiment. We should stay well out of it.

    Jun 10th, 2015 - 08:52 am 0
  • Skip

    God I hope it doesn't end up in Australia.

    Worthless event.

    Jun 10th, 2015 - 09:08 am 0
  • Idlehands

    The fact that FIFA made £2bn profit from 2010 and South Africa spent £4bn to host it highlights how worthless it can be.

    The principle of “spreading it around the world” is a worthy concept but the host nations should have the required stadiums already in place or they just end up building white elephants at enormous cost.

    Any nation that doesn't have 10 stadiums able to be brought up to world cup standards does not really have the sporting pedigree to host such a big event.

    Jun 10th, 2015 - 09:16 am 0
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