Bidding for the 2026 world cup has been suspended amid multiple corruption charges that have stained football’s world governing body FIFA following a FBI investigation.
The development came after news that two World cups in Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively is under scanner for the allegation that both countries bribed FIFA officials to win the votes.
FIFA’s secretary general Jerome Valcke announced the suspension for indefinite time on Wednesday at a news conference in the Russian city of Samara, saying the vote was in no position to take place considering the almighty upheaval currently encapsulating FIFA.
“Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed,” Valcke said.
He also said that the winning bid to hold the tournament in Russia in 2018 was “no major violations.” But he neither denied any wrongdoing nor explained further about the subject.
Valcke was visiting Russian city Samara where he said FIFA needs reform to restore the tainted image.
The bidding was suspended as a US and Swiss investigation attempts to uncover evidence of corruption of $150 million involving TV rights, sponsorship rights in North American and Caribbean football tournament.
The May 27 arrest of 14 FIFA officials by Swiss law enforcement agency following a FBI investigation not only provoked investigation on Russia and Quarter’s world cup hosting rights but also on the 1998 France world cup, 2006 Germany world cup and 2010 South Africa world cup.
It was known that Germany sent arms to Saudi Arabia in return of bidding vote, similarly South Africa whose former minister admitted that they paid “donation” to former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner for the development of football in the “African Diaspora” in Caribbean.