FIFA ISSUE WARNING OVER WORLD CUP HOST ALLEGATIONS

FIFA has warned it will not tolerate unethical conduct in the bidding race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The order follows the suspension of two FIFA members amid allegations that they offered to sell their votes in the 2018 contest.

The Sunday Times posted a film of Zen-Ruffinen – FIFA general secretary from 1998 until 2002 – accusing current president Sepp Blatter of mismanagement and appearing to suggest a vote exchanging deal between Qatart and joint host nation Spain/Portugal.

Both bidders have denied the claims but a FIFA statement read: “FIFA and the ethics committee are committed to zero tolerance for any breach.

"We’re determined to protect the integrity of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process."

The allegations come only days after Tahiti's Reynald Temarii and Nigerian Amos Adamu were provisionally suspended for 30 days pending an investigation into claims about a vote for cash deal by Sunday Times journalists.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke insists there have been no talks to postpone the vote in Zurich on 2 December to decide the winning host nation.

Posted on 25/10/2010