FIFA investigating vote allegations
Published : 17 Oct 2010 10:00:48
FIFA are investigating allegations that two officials offered to sell their votes in the contest to host the 2018 World Cup.
Reporters from the Sunday Times newspaper posed as lobbyists for a consortium of private American companies who wanted to help secure the World Cup for the United States.
They approached Amos Adamu, the Nigerian president of the West African Football Union who also serves as a FIFA executive committee member. At an initial meeting in London, Adamu is said to have told reporters that he wanted USD800,000 to build four artificial football pitches in his home country. Reynald Temarii, president of the Oceania Football Confederation, is also alleged to have asked for a payment, in his case to finance a sports academy.
A statement from FIFA read: "FIFA and the FIFA Ethics Committee have closely monitored the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups and will continue to do so.
"FIFA has already requested to receive all of the information and documents related to this matter, and is awaiting to receive this material. In any case, FIFA will immediately analyse the material available and only once this analysis has concluded will FIFA be able to decide on any potential next steps.
"In the meantime, FIFA is not in a position to provide any further comments on this matter."
A European nation will definitely host the 2018 World Cup after the United States pulled out of the race on Friday.
The US had been the last non-European bidders remaining in the race for 2018 following Australia's withdrawal in June.
Their withdrawal leaves England's as one of four European bids for 2018 alongside Russia and joint bids by Belgium/Holland and Spain/Portugal.