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World Cup votes to be held as scheduled

Football’s world governing body, Fifa, will vote as planned on December 2 on the venues for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, its president, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter has said.

He was speaking to the media on Friday after a two-day meeting of Fifa’s executive committee at its Zurich headquarters.

In the wake of allegations of corruption in the bidding process made by the British Sunday Times newspaper, it had been thought that Fifa might decide to delay one or both World Cup decisions until more credibility and public confidence has been restored to the process.

Undercover journalists from the paper filmed two executive committee members apparently expressing readiness to sell their votes.

However, Blatter said that there had “never been any question of changing the procedure”.

He said the case of the two committee members and four other officials who had come under suspicion was being investigated by the ethics committee, which will announce its findings on November 17.


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