1 Dec 2010

Oceania says it will not get World Cup vote

1:58 pm on 1 December 2010

Oceania will not have a vote in Thursday's decision on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts after suspended delegate Reynald Temarii decided to appeal against his ban, the Oceania Football Confederation says.

Mr Temarii was suspended, along with Amos Adamu of Nigeria, following an investigation by British newspaper The Sunday Times which alleged they were prepared to sell their votes for cash.

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said FIFA had outlined that the confederation's sole spot on the executive committee was not considered vacant as long as the appeal process was still open.

This means acting OFC President David Chung is not allowed to vote.

The hosting decision will now be made by 22 members of the executive committee.

Mr Temarii said on Tuesday he would not resign from FIFA's executive committee despite being suspended.

In a statement issued through his lawyer, he said the ethics committee had decided to suspend him despite clearing him of all corruption charges and he was waiting for a "reasoned decision" in order to exercise his right to appeal.

England, Russia, and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium are contesting the 2018 finals, while the United States, Qatar, Japan, South Korea and Australia are bidding to stage the 2022 tournament.