FIFA Statement in relation to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process

FIFA has opened proceedings against two current members of the FIFA Executive Committee to ascertain whether they have violated the FIFA Code of Ethics, and has asked the chairman of the Ethics Committee to act without delay to take all possible steps, including the possibility of provisional measures, should the relevant conditions be met. Investigations are also ongoing in relation to other FIFA officials who may have been involved in the issue in question.

FIFA also confirms that the alleged agreements between member associations would also be a clear violation of the Bid Registration document and the Code of Ethics. Therefore, an investigation has also been opened into the member associations in question as well as their Bid Committees. FIFA has again asked the chairman of the Ethics Committee to act without delay to take all possible steps, including the possibility of provisional measures, should the relevant conditions be met.