Sepp Blatter sticks by his guns.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says that the vote to decide who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments will still take place on 2 December.
Fifa has made the decision, despite two of its executive members being suspended for alleged vote selling.
“We are five weeks from the final decision so there was never a question of changing anything,” said Blatter.
“So on 2 December the Fifa executive committee will decide in a secret ballot the hosts for 2018 and 2022.”
Although Fifa has retained its voting schedule, Blatter did question the logic, for which he took some responsibility, to simultaneously run the bidding process for the two competitions.
The two Fifa executive members who have been suspended are Nigerian Amos Adamu and Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii and they are under investigation as part of the organisation’s ethics panel.
Blatter confirmed that a ruling on the matter is expected on 17 November and, if the two are not reinstated, then only 22 Fifa executive members will cast a vote instead of the full 24.
In a campaign process dogged by controversy, the Fifa ethics committee is also looking into claims of collusion between the joint Spain and Portugal bid with that of Qatar, although all parties have denied all allegations of unfair practice.
Spain and Portugal are vying with England, Russia as well as the joint bid of Netherlands and Belgium to stage the 2018 World Cup.
In the race to host the 2022 competition, Australia, Qatar, Japan/South Korea and the United States are in the running. (BBC Sport)
One wonders what will happen when the announcements are made because surely as a result of these myriad of corruption and bribery claims someone will appeal any decision made by the ‘secret ballot’. England will hope that their decision to lodge a complaint against Russia, which they then withdrew, will have affected their chances of winning the race for the 2018 bid.
It is hard to imagine how the two suspended committee members can continue in their positions after their very obvious attempts to bribe investigators, but this being FIFA I can guarantee that nothing will happen to the Nigerian and Tahiti members. Talking of which, why the hell is there even a Tahiti member at all? Maybe this is so Sepp and his friends can go on a nice holiday on the paradise island?