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17 October 2010 :: 12:10:07 pm 44178

FIFA Officials 2018 WC Vote-buying Allegations Invesitgated

Footballs world governing body, FIFA, is currently investigating claims made by the UK media that two officials had attempted to sell their World Cup votes in return for money that was to be invested in their respective federations.
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United Kingdom, the 17th of October 2010: Reporters from a leading publication in the United Kingdom recently claimed that the West African and Oceania confederation members of FIFA had offered to sell their votes for the 2018 contest.

Posing as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies, wanting to bring the international footballing showpiece to the United States, the journalists approached Amos Adamu, the Nigerian President of the West African Football Union and FIFA executive committee member, about selling his vote for the 2018 tournament.

According to the reports, Adamu had offered to sell his vote for the tournament in return for a cash payment, which he would then use to fund the building of four artificial football pitches in the West African region.

Mr Adamu is believed to have told the undercover journalists that he wanted US$800,000 (£500,000) to build four artificial football pitches, something that is completely against FIFA rules and regulations.

In the video, he was asked whether the money for a “private project” would have an effect on the way he voted. He replied: “Obviously, it will have an effect. Of course it will. Because certainly if you are to invest in that, that means you also want the vote.”

Meanwhile, Reynald Temarii, president of the Oceania Football Confederation, is also alleged to have asked for a cash payment in return for his vote. In his case he wanted to use the money 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 the meantime, FIFA is not in a position to provide any further comments on this matter.”

It has already been concluded that a European nation will host the 2018 tournament after the last remaining non-European bidder, the United States, pulled out on Friday. Australia and the US both elected to rescind their bids and concentrate on the running for the 2022 competition.

England, favourites to get the nod, will now formally battle for the rights to host the international footballing showcase event with Russia, Belgium/Holland and Spain/Portugal. The 24-strong FIFA committee will decide by secret ballot on 2nd of December who should host the tournament.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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