17 Oct 2010

FIFA to investigate report of World Cup vote-selling

2:31 pm on 17 October 2010

FIFA is investigate a British newspaper report that two members of its executive committee offered to sell their votes in the bidding to host the 2018 World Cup.

The Sunday Times made the claims against the Oceania Football Confederation president, Reynald Temarii, who is from French Polynesia, and Nigeria's Amos Adamu.

Mr Adamu was reportedly filmed asking undercover reporters for money for a personal project and the paper says Mr Temarii wanted money for a sports academy.

FIFA says it has asked for all of the information and documents related to the newspaper report so it can analyse the claims.

It is due to decide in early December who hosts the World Cups for 2018 and 2022.

England and Russia are bidding for the 2018 finals along with joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands.

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