“Six FIFA executive committee members were accused of receiving or demanding bribes during the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups” at a British parliamentary inquiry this afternoon. Russia won hosting rights for 2018; Qatar received the nod for the subsequent competition.
The Associated Press’ John Leicester points out that an investigation might have been a wee bit more appropriate during the bidding process. Instead, “[f]irsthand evidence that some FIFA voters seemed receptive to inducements and might be less than squeaky clean was, we now learn too late, conveniently kept under wraps. Shush, old chap, don’t rock the boat. Not unless we lose, that is.”