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Corruption: FIFA Suspends Bidding For 2026 World Cup


World football governing body, FIFA, has announced that it would put the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup on hold, as investigations into allegations that bribery played a major part in the choice of previous editions of the competitions continue.

FIFA, through its Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, on Wednesday said it makes no sense to start any bidding process with the current crisis rocking the body, hence disclosed that, “it would postpone” the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup.

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The World highest football governing body, according to Valcke, had scheduled to name a host for the 2026 World Cup in 2017, after a bidding process that was supposed to start soon, but in the current situation, he said it is unlikely.

Meanwhile, FIFA had stated on Monday that it can do little or nothing to change the choice of Russia and Qatar as hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as there were no legal grounds for it to reverse the decision.

Valcke who spoke to reporters during a visit to Russia, said preparations for the hosting of 2018 World Cup were on track.


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