Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids


Blatter was banned over ethics breaches as his 17 years as Fifa president ended in a corruption scandal

French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

France’s National Public Prosecutor’s Office began examining the bid to award the tournaments, to Russia and Qatar respectively, last year.

Le Monde reports that prosecutors are looking into allegations of corruption.

The French newspaper also reports that Blatter was spoken to by investigators on Thursday, 20 April “as a witness”.

In March, Fifa passed on evidence to Swiss and United States authorities, whose own investigations into alleged corruption at football’s governing body began two years ago.

In May 2015, Swiss authorities raided a Zurich hotel and arrested seven people who were among 14 indicted on corruption charges in an inquiry led by the United States Department of Justice.

In December that year, 16 more…

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