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FIFA Seretary confirms bidding for 2026 World Cup to be delayed

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FIFA Secretary Genera; Jerome Valcke has announced that the bidding for the 2026 World Cup has been suspended.

The bidding into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were won by Russia and Qatar respectively, are currently under investigation due to allegations of corruption and bribery. The decision was due to be made in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in May 2017.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday: "Due to the situation, I think it's nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed."

Among the countries interested in hosting the 2026 World Cup are believed to be USA, Canada, Mexico and Colombia.

Speaking in a press conference in south Russia, Valcke was also asked about $10million paid into accounts controlled by disgraced former vice-president Jack Warner, wanted in the USA on corruption charges, and whether he had been questioned by police in connection with the payment. 

Valcke suggested that the accounts the money was paid in to were recognised accounts and that FIFA 'could not know' what happened to the money once it was sent.

Warner is on of a number of former and current FIFA officials who are either wanted or have been arrested by authorities in both America and Switzerland, as the scandal surrounding the organisation continues.

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