FIFA: The World Cups in Russia and Qatar will still go ahead

FIFA director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio.

FIFA’s director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio said in a press conference in Zurich on Wednesday that the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and the World Cup in Qatar will still go ahead, despite two separate corruption probes into football’s governing body that has seen the arrest of several high-ranking FIFA officials on racketeering and corruption charges.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland said in a statement on Wednesday it had opened up criminal proceedings “against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups.”

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A separate probe has been opened up by the US Attorney’s office which resulted in the arrest of nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives on Wednesday on charges of racketeering conspiracy and corruption which dates back to the 1990s, and could result in their extradition to the US. Officials are being investigated by US authorities on the suspicion and acceptance of bribes and kickbacks for tournaments in the US and Latin America — including marketing, sponsorship, and media deals — that could total more than $100 million.
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