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FIFA to investigate corruption claim


The governing body of world football is to investigate a newspaper report that two members of its executive committee offered to sell their votes in the contest to host the 2018 World Cup.

Britain’s Sunday Times says undercover reporters posed as lobbyists and filmed Nigeria’s Amos Adamu asking for 600 thousand euros to endorse a bid.

FIFA said in a statement that it has asked for the source material and is planning an investigation.

It is also alleged Reynald Tamarii, the president of the Oceania Football Confederation, asked for 1.6 million euros, money he said would go to a football academy.

FIFA will decide in December which countries will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

England and Russia are bidding for the first, along with joint bids from Spain and Portugal and Belgium and the Netherlands.

The US, Japan, South Korea, Qatar and Australia are in the running for the second.

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