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Fifa hit by World Cup vote-selling claims

Reuters
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The international football authority, Fifa, has launched an investigation into reports by a British newspaper that senior officials had offered to sell their votes in the bidding race for the 2018 World Cup. 

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An undercover investigation by The Sunday Times alleged that Nigerian executive committee member Amos Adamu asked for 800,000 dollars (570,000 euros) to endorse one of the candidates.

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It filmed Adamu meeting journalists posing as lobbyists for a US business consortium, in which he apparently offered a "guarantee" to vote for the US bid in the 2018 event in return for cash.

The newspaper also said Reynald Temarii, a Fifa vice-president and president of the Oceania Football Confederation, wanted three million New Zealand dollars (1.6 million euros) for a sports academy.

He allegedly claimed that supporters of two bidding committees had already offered Oceania money to swing his vote.

Fifa has requested access to the paper’s material and pledged to investigate the
matter.

This is not the first time that Fifa’s selection processes have come under scrutiny. In 2003, the then President of the Somali Football Federation had to pay damages to Fifa President Sepp Blatter for allegations he made about Blatter's election to the post.

In May, the head of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup resigned after suggesting rival countries would use bribery to secure votes.

In a sting by a British newspaper, Lord Triesman was taped saying that Spain would withdraw its bid for the event if Russia helped bribe referees during this summer's World Cup.

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