Wednesday: FIFA halts 2026 bid process

In the latest twist to FIFA's mounting crisis, it has suspended the bid process for the 2026 World Cup -- for which the USA is considered the favorite -- before it even began.

"Due to the situation," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday during a 2018 World Cup meeting in Russia, "I think it's nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being."

There are any number of reasons to halt the process while FIFA seeks a new president to replace Sepp Blatter and looks to implement new reform measures.

In the recent scandals, American Chuck Blazer, a former executive committee member, admitted to taking bribes in the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bid races. U.S. and Swiss authorities are investigating the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid campaigns, both decided in December 2010.

Russia and Qatar were selected to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively, in a vote of 22 FIFA executive committee members. (Two other were suspended.)

Valcke has been linked to a scheme by which South Africa is accused of paying $10 million to indicted Jack Warner, then serving on FIFA's executive office, in return for the three Concacaf votes that swung the 2010 vote to South Africa over Morocco.

He expressed confidence in Russia 2018.

"Overall," he said, "the preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup as well as our first major event, the preliminary draw, are well under way and on schedule." 

FIFA plans to have all 209 members vote on the 2026 World Cup.

Less than two weeks ago, Blatter confirmed the bidding rules for 2026: only Asian countries will not be allowed to bid World Cup. The United States is expected to submit a bid in a campaign that was scheduled to conclude with the selection of the host at the 2017 FIFA Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2 comments about "Wednesday: FIFA halts 2026 bid process".
  1. Ric Fonseca, June 10, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

    Well now pilgrim, I told ya so, he even said he doesn't forget, so like I said, it's payback time....

  2. Santiago 1314, June 10, 2015 at 9:04 p.m.

    Duh!! This was a No Brainer..They have to figure out how to Buy the Votes without US Justice department figuring It out...

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