By Ben Efe
World soccer governing body FIFA, has extended its investigation of the cash for vote saga to the World Cup bids of Spain and Qatar.
It was learnt that FIFA began investigation of the countries’ bid and if found wanting, Spain and Qatar could be disqualified from the bidding process. Spain is one of the bidder for the 2018 World Cup, while Qatar is one of the five vying for the 2022 World Cup.
This investigation came on the heels of the suspension slammed on Adamu and the Reynald Temarii of Oceania. The two were caught soliciting for bribes in a sting operation by the Sunday Times of London.
Chairman of the FIFA ethics committee that probe Adamu and Temarri said on Wednesday night that FIFA acted to stamp out corruption in the bid process.
“The decision to suspend these two individuals was taken unanimously,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the ethics committee.
“The ethics committee has zero tolerance for anything that violates its code of ethics in order to protect the good of FIFA and its image,” he said. “We deem that it is crucial to protect the integrity of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.”
In a statement, FIFA said that a provisional suspension was justified “taking into account the gravity of the case and the likelihood that a breach of the FIFA statutes, code of ethics and disciplinary code has been committed”.