FIFA to make 2026 World Cup bid "transparent" in wake of widespread corruption claims over 2018, 2022
Posted: 8 November 2017 Time: 18:15
FIFA have vowed to make public the candidate each member voted for in the 2026 World Cup bid following claims of widespread corruption for the 2018 and 2022 editions.
World football’s governing body have seen their image tarnished over the past few years following allegations of bribery and corruption during the bids for the Russia and Qatar finals.
As such, FIFA wrote in a 35-page document published this week they will make the race for the hosting rights for the 2026 instalment entirely “transparent”, which includes an independent audit company overseeing the process.
"The process to select the host - or hosts - of the first 48-team World Cup must not be open to one iota of doubt," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.
"It is FIFA's responsibility towards the world of football to conduct these bidding and selection procedures in an ethical, transparent, objective and unbiased way.
"By the time we announce who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, every football fan around the globe should be able to know why that choice has been made."