FIFA corruption scandal Official says FBI probe includes scrutiny of 2018 and 2022 World Cup host awards

Corruption scandals have hit the world football governing body and has led to the resignation of the federation boss, Sepp Blatter.

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A United States law enforcement official has said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) probe of soccer governing body, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is including scrutiny of how the organization awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the review of the awards to host the tournament would be part of a probe that is looking beyond the allegations in an indictment announced a week ago of officials of world soccer’s governing body.

Corruption scandals have hit the world football governing body and has led to the resignation of the federation boss, Sepp Blatter. Last week, several of FIFA’s leading officials, including Vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in a dawn raid at the luxury lakeside hotel in Zurich.

They were detained pending extradition to the United States where they face federal corruption charges, including suspected bribery in the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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