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FIFA sends a letter

Tom Fox | January 30, 2018

It is very rich when FIFA has to send out a letter telling its member countries bidding to host the 2026 World Cup to refrain from engaging in bribery and corruption in connection with the bid and those countries voting not to accept bribes for their votes. That is exactly what FIFA is reported to have done recently when it was reported that its Secretary General Fatama Samoura, warned countries voting on the bid not to accept support (IE. bribes) “which might unduly affect the integrity of the bidding procedure.”

The specific issue turns on a bid by Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup. Morocco has bid on the last five World Cups and there are allegations that at least two of those bid efforts included attempts to bribe members of the Executive Board. In the 2026 selection, voting has been opened up to include all 206 FIFA member countries, in an attempt to bring a more honest process to the determination of which country should host the 2026 event. Yet, even with... To get the full story, subscribe now.