FIFA May Hold Re-Vote on 2022 World Cup Venue

FIFA May Hold Re-Vote on 2022 World Cup VenueLondon, May 20. -FIFA may hold another vote on the venue for the 2022 World Cup, currently set for Qatar, the international soccer federation's president, Joseph Blatter, said Thursday.

Blatter did not rule out another vote if charges of corruption are proven against two FIFA Executive Committee members.

According to a report by the Sunday Times newspaper, two African members of the committee were bribed 1.5 million USD to grant the venue to Qatar.

The soccer organization was awaiting further evidence before asking its ethics committee to examine the charges made against Issa Hayatou and Jacques Anouma, five days before the elections for FIFA president, set for June 1 in Zurich, Switzerland. Blatter, 74, of Switzerland, will run for president against Qatari Mohammed Bin Hamman, a man who was key to his country winning the bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Representatives of the Sunday Times and its source on the alleged corruption will meet with Jerome Valcke, FIFA general secretary, and Marco Villiger, its legal director, Blatter said.

Blatter said he was also waiting for the British Parliament to send documents containing allegations by the former president of the English Football Association, David Triesman.

Triesman accused four other members of the FIFA Executive Committee of asking for money or favors to vote for England as the venue of the 2018 World Cup, which went to Russia.

On Thursday, The Football Association, the governing body of English soccer, agreed to abstain from voting for the FIFA president, irritated at not winning the bid for the World Cuba and following the corruption allegations. (Prensa Latina)