Facebook reveals that after separate probes by the Swiss and American governments revealed corruption surrounding the process by which previous World Cup locations have been selected, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been halted. The probes into corruption revealed that bribery was involved in the decision to allow certain cities to host the cup. According to this article on CNN, The U.S. indicted 14 people on corruption charges related to the scandal, including many top FIFA officials.
The U.S. accuses A top FIFA official of receiving a 10 million dollar bribe from the South African government in exchange for his, as well as two others’ votes to select South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.
This charge of corruption has tarnished the reputation of the league, and called for further probes into the selection process for other cities. Because of the scandal surrounding the selection of South Africa in 2010, FIFA has suspended the selection process for 2026.