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17 August 2017 15:47 (South Africa)

Fifa rocked by vote-selling claims

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Fifa is investigating claims that two of its officials attempted to solicit bribes from lobbyists, ahead of the World Cup hosts announcement for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Reporters from the UK Sunday Times allegedly posed as lobbyists from an American consortium, and managed to catch Fifa executive committee member Amos Adamu on camera, asking for a $800,000 bribe for a "personal project". Oceana Football Confederation president Reynald Temarii was also implicated. Fifa President Sepp Blatter sent an open letter to all 24 executive committee members, promising a full investigation into the matter. The hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be announced on 2 December in Zurich. Read more: Reuters, BBC Sport 

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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