Zurich based organization will announce ethics committee’s decision on November 17
FIFA will convene a special meeting of the executive committee of soccer’s governing body 48 hours after its ethics panel rules on corruption allegations against two members.
FIFA today sent invitations to the meeting to the 24 representatives who will vote in December on where the World Cup will be held in 2018 and 2022.
“We’re still waiting for the agenda,” said Chuck Blazer, a member of the committee, who is American.
Geoff Thompson, a vice president at the ruling body, said the meeting is the first of its kind during his four years on the executive.
FIFA didn’t respond to calls or an email requesting comment.
The Zurich based organization on November 17 will announce the ethics committee’s decision on whether to expel Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii. The two were suspended on October 21 after the Sunday Times said the duo told undercover reporters they would exchange their World Cup votes for cash.
If they are expelled, 22 members of the executive committee will vote on the 2018 and 2022 hosts for sport’s most-watched event. FIFA has never previously chosen two World Cup hosts at the same time.
The US, Qatar, Australia, South Korea and Japan are bidding for the 2022 tournament. Qatar is also under investigation for alleged collusion with a joint offer from Spain and Portugal for the 2018 event. The Iberian bid is challenging England, Russia and a joint submission from the Netherlands and Belgium to host the 2018 edition.
The 2014 World Cup will be played in Brazil.
A technical report from an inspection team on the nine bidders will also be distributed to the executive committee on November 17.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he’d drive any “devils” out of the sport when Adamu and Temarii were suspended.
Whatever the result of the corruption claims “there’s damage for FIFA and for the World Cup,” Junji Ogura, a member of the executive, told the BBC.