By Euro Weekly News Media • 10 June 2015 • 15:30
ALLEGATIONS surrounding the 2018 and 2022 FIFA world cup have brought a halt to the process of bidding for the 2026 tournament.Jerome Valcke, the general secretary of FIFA, said it was “nonsense” to start the selection process considering the current climate.Swiss prosecutors are investigating alleged financial irregularities surrounding the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 finals, where Russia and Qatar were selected by a secret ballot of FIFA’s 22 executive members.FIFA was due to inform its member federations this week of the bidding schedule for 2026, but Valcke said: “Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being.”The voting to decide who will host the 2026 World Cup was due to take place in May 2017, but with the delay to bidding it’s like there will be a knock-on effect. The USA is leading the pack of countries, also including Canada, Columbia and Mexico, who want to host the event.
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