30 Oct 2010

World Cup vote to go ahead despite corruption claims

6:41 am on 30 October 2010

The vote to decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups will go ahead as planned on December the 2nd despite corruption allegations, though FIFA President Sepp Blatter admitted it had been a mistake to choose both at the same time.

Blatter also says the vote would be held with only 22 voters if two members of the executive committee, Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynard Temarii of Tahiti, suspended for allegedly offering to sell their votes, were not reinstated by then.

A defiant Blatter added that the sport was in safe hands with FIFA, expressed confidence in the committee which is investigating the case internally and questioned the methods of the Sunday Times newspaper which made the allegations.

But Blatter reflected that it was probably a mistake to pick both hosts in the same vote.

Russia and England are bidding to host the 2018 World Cup along with joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands.

Japan, South Korea, Australia, United States and Qatar are candidates for 2022.