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Qatar and Russia Could Lose Fifa World Cup


The head of Fifa World cup audit and compliance committee, Dominico Scala, said that if the evidences for the cheating and bribery for the attainment of the awards in the International football tournament  in 2018 and 2022 meet the light of the day then the awards for Russia and Qatar would result in cancellation.

However, both the countries deny the buying of votes to secure the ownership of the world cup.

The Fifa audit admits that he still has not witnessed the evidences proving that the two counties have bribed the voters.

The representative of the compliance committee, Dominico Scala, also revealed that if the illegal purchasing of votes is proved then the two countries involved in this scandal, Qatar and Russia, would be deprived of the right to host the world cup.

Dominico Scala informed the Switzerland newspaper, Sonntagszeitung, that: ‘No such evidence has been presented till date.’

The Fifa audit has given a similar statement by the end of 2013 too but bearing in mind the events that occurred at Fifa in the last two weeks, his recent statement will be received with more seriousness.

Two days before the Presidential elections of Fifa last month, seven Fifa officials were arrested in Zurich in high profile dawn raids. They are included in the list of 14 alleged people, charged by US prosecutors, who suspects that they had received bribes and kickbacks worth more than $150 million in 24 years altogether.

The Swiss authorities dispatched a separate criminal delegation to investigate the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Fifa president since 1998, Sepp Blatter, was re-elected at the Zurich meeting but announced his resignation only four days later, amid the corruption allegations surrounding the organization.

Michael Garcia, an America lawyer, was hired by Fifa to look into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup processes. His two-year research based on 430 pages got released in November in a summarized form but Garcia complained it to be ‘erroneous’. The report had been tampered with and cleared World cup hosts, Russia and Qatar, of ill-doings. He quit weeks later after that and this event re-surfaced the doubts about the validity of the Fifa’s World Cup bidding process.

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