2018, 2022 World Cup bidding process in turmoil over FIFA officials’ vote-selling scamOctober 17th, 2010 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 17(ANI): The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups has been thrown into turmoil after two senior FIFA officials were accused of offering to sell their votes in the contest in return for cash.
The allegations centre on Oceania Football Confederation President Reynald Temarii and FIFA executive committee member Amos Adamu.
The duo is in the 24-member committee that would vote to decide the destination of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2 in Zurich.
Temarii is accused of demanding around 1.5 million pounds from undercover journalists in order to build a sports academy, while Adamu was videotaped asking for around 500,000 pounds for a “personal project”, the Telegraph reports.
The reporters were posing as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies purporting to help bring the World Cup back to the United States. No money changed hands.
Bidding countries, officials and national football associations are strictly prohibited from arranging deals in exchange for votes under FIFA rules.
Meanwhile, FIFA has launched a probe into the bribery sting.
“FIFA has already requested to receive all of the information and documents related to this matter, and is awaiting to receive this material,” the governing body said in a statement.
“In any case, FIFA will immediately analyze the material available and only once this analysis has concluded will FIFA be able to decide on any potential next steps,” it added.
England and Russia are competing for the 2018 World Cup along with joint bids by Belgium-Holland and Spain-Portugal.
The U.S. is bidding for 2022 with Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar. (ANI)
- FIFA provisionally suspends members over 2018, 2022 World Cup 'vote-selling scam' - Oct 21, 2010
- FIFA official banned for three years over 2018, 2022 World Cup 'vote-selling' scam - Nov 18, 2010
- 'British press, complaint against Russia may nix England's WC 2018 bid chances' - Oct 30, 2010
- FIFA suspends six officials after World Cup bid corruption probe - Nov 18, 2010
- 'Cash-for-vote-scam' will not damage England 2018 World Cup bid: Blatter - Nov 20, 2010
- Cameron to visit Zurich for last-ditch 2018 football WC bid lobbying - Nov 12, 2010
- FIFA begins inspection for 2018-2022 World Cups - Jul 20, 2010
- Beckham hopes to make difference to England's 2018 World Cup bid - Nov 30, 2010
- Platini says England could lose WC 2018 bid to less wealthy nations - Sep 03, 2010
- BBC FIFA bribe investigation would not affect 2018 World Cup voting process: Platini - Nov 30, 2010
- England's Football Association Chairman quits over 2018 World Cup bid row - Dec 06, 2010
- Brad Pitt to compete with Beckham for World Cup bid - Jun 04, 2010
- Ex-England footballers call for investigation of FIFA vote for 2018 World Cup - Dec 03, 2010
- FIFA assures Australia that it has real chance of hosting World Cup - Dec 02, 2009
- FIFA opens ethics proceedings against its President Joseph Blatter - May 27, 2011
Tags: bribery, executive committee member, fifa executive committee, fifa rules, football associations, football world, governing body, lobbyists, member committee, national football, oceania football confederation, personal project, reynald, south korea, spain portugal, sports academy, turmoil, world cup, world cups, zurich