World Cup 2010 - FIFA investigating two nations

Mon, 18 Oct 18:27:00 2010

FIFA are investigating at least two countries bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for alleged collusion.

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Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the two FIFA executive members, Nigeria's Amos Adamu and Tahiti's Reynald Temarii, who were exposed by a Sunday Times investigation as having asked for cash in return for their World Cup votes.

"FIFA has opened proceedings against two current members of the FIFA executive committee to ascertain whether they have violated the FIFA code of ethics, and has asked the chairman of the ethics committee to act without delay to take all possible steps, including the possibility of provisional measures, should the relevant conditions be met," read a FIFA statement.

"Investigations are also ongoing in relation to other FIFA officials who may have been involved in the issue in question.

"FIFA also confirms that the alleged agreements between member associations would also be a clear violation of the bid registration document and the code of ethics.

"Therefore, an investigation has also been opened into the member associations in question as well as their bid committees.

"FIFA has again asked the chairman of the ethics committee to act without delay to take all possible steps, including the possibility of provisional measures, should the relevant conditions be met."

Adamu and Temarii will be dealt with by FIFA's ethics committee on Wednesday, and the same body is to separately investigate whether at least two countries campaigning to host the 2018 and/or 2022 tournaments breached bidding rules by cutting a deal on votes. Both the two men and the countries involved could be suspended by the ethics committee.

Rumours of collusion between a 2018 bidder and a 2022 hopeful last month prompted FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to warn all countries that mutual voting deals are against FIFA rules.

The scandal has cast a bad light on the whole bidding process for the World Cups - England are bidding for 2018 against Russia, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium while the 2022 tournament hosts will be from Australia, USA, Qatar, Japan and South Korea.

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