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MPs seek to quiz Blatter on Cup bid


Fifa chief Sepp Blatter

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter

Accusations of corruption have surrounded the bidding process to host the 2018 World Cup

Accusations of corruption have surrounded the bidding process to host the 2018 World Cup


Fifa chief Sepp Blatter

World football chief Sepp Blatter should appear before MPs to answer allegations of corruption in the World Cup bidding process, a senior Tory has said.

John Whittingdale said he has written to Fifa president Mr Blatter asking the governing body to give evidence to an investigation by the Commons committee he chairs.

"Ideally I would like someone to come and appear before the committee. In an ideal world I would like him to come himself," he said.

His request for a submission from the world body to the investigation into England's failed bid for the 2018 competition came after the committee heard explosive claims earlier this week.

Two Fifa executive committee (ExCo) members were accused at the committee hearing of being paid 1.5 million US dollars (£615,000) to vote for Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid.

Former Football Association and England 2018 bid chairman Lord Triesman also alleged there had been "improper and unethical" behaviour by four other Fifa ExCo members when he was lobbying to secure the Cup.

That including asking for money and a knighthood, he said.

The FA is sending a full dossier of the latest allegations to Fifa and Mr Blatter has promised swift action to deal with the new claims.

Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said it is up to Mr Blatter whether he chooses to accept the committee's invitation to give evidence.

But he added: "Anything which encourages Fifa to go out and explain what they are doing and their plans for football is a good thing."

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