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French prosecutors probe 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process amid corruption claims

Date Posted,April 27, 2017

The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are being investigated by French prosecutors.

Russia and Qatar will host the tournaments but their respective bids have been examined.

France’s National Public Prosecutor’s Office began last year and it is reported they are looking into allegations of corruption.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, the prosecutors are concerned the bidding process may have been corrupted.

It is also reported former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was spoken to by investigators last week.

A view of the Luzhniki Stadium being renovated (Photo: TASS)
A handout computer generated image of the Qatar World Cup 40,000-seater Al-Rayyan Stadium
A handout computer generated image of the Qatar World Cup 40,000-seater Al-Rayyan Stadium (Photo: Getty)

Blatter’s reign came to an end in December 2015 after he was banned from all football-related activity for six years.

He was found to have made a disloyal payment to former UEFA chief Michel Platini.

It came after an investigation into corruption within FIFA was launched by Swiss and United States authorities two years ago.

As many as seven people were arrested in May 2015 on corruption charges before another 16 officials were charged in December that year.

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