FIFA Rules Out Revotes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups
FIFA says there will be no re-vote for the 2018 and the 2022 World Cup host nations.
That announcement came Wednesday — the same day that 7 FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich on a U.S. arrest warrant, the FBI raided the headquarters of the soccer body CONCACAF in Miami Beach and Swiss authorities announced a criminal investigation related to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference in Zurich that "Russia and Qatar will be played."
In November, FIFA gave Swiss judicial authorities a report by Michael Garcia investigating corruption surrounding the selection of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts. De Gregorio promised Wednesday that the Garcia report will eventually be published to the public, but only after the criminal investigations are resolved.
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