FIFA are considering postponing the decision on the 2018 and 2022 World Cups as they investigate allegations that two senior members offered to sell their votes.
Although some members are insistent the vote should go ahead on December 2 as planned, Press Association Sport understands that a postponement is being talked about in senior circles of the world governing body.
England, Russia, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium are bidding for the 2018 World Cup while USA, Australia, Qatar, Japan and South Korea are campaigning to host the 2022 tournament.
FIFA’s ethics committee will this week start investigations on a Sunday Times expose of two members of FIFA’s 24-man executive committee, Amos Adamu from Nigeria and Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii, president of the Oceania Football Confederation.
Reporters from the Sunday Times newspaper posed as English-based lobbyists for a consortium of private American companies who wanted to help secure the World Cup for the United States.
At an initial meeting in London, Adamu is said to have told reporters that he wanted 800,000 US dollars to build four artificial football pitches in his home country.
Temarii is also alleged to have asked for a payment, in his case to finance a sports academy.
When contacted by Press Association Sport, Adamu refused to comment. Temarii was unavailable for comment.
A statement from FIFA read: “FIFA and the FIFA ethics committee have closely monitored the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups and will continue to do so.
“FIFA has already requested to receive all of the information and documents related to this matter, and is awaiting to receive this material.
“In any case, FIFA will immediately analyse the material available and only once this analysis has concluded will FIFA be able to decide on any potential next steps.
“In the meantime, FIFA is not in a position to provide any further comments on this matter.”
The Oceania Football Confederation today announced they were investigating the reports.
A statement said: “OFC is aware of the story that appeared in The Sunday Times in England today. As such, OFC is currently looking into the matter.”
Adamu told the Sunday Times he had been talking about business in Nigeria after the World Cup and insisted his vote was not for sale.
A European nation will definitely host the 2018 World Cup after the USA announced on Friday they would focus on 2022 alone.