Officials from FIFA, the international body the governs World Cup Soccer, have suspended the bidding process for the 2026 games as a result of the bribery scandal that has shaken the soccer world. The procedures for the bidding process were to go out this week as officials met in Russia with the 209 governing body of FIFA to make the final selection in 2017 at its governing body meeting to be held in Malaysia. FIFA Suspends the Bidding Process For 2026 World Cup
The FIFA secretary general, Mr. Jerome Valcke confirmed by stating that it would be total “nonsense” to initiate the selection process now. FIFA had planned to correspond to all of its 209 members this week to start the bidding process by laying out the timetable and rules.
Potential bidders for the 2026 games include Mexico, the United States, Canada as well as several countries from Europe. Recent awards of World Cup game sites to South Africa, Quatar, and Russia have alleged to have been as the result of brides paid to FIFA officials and associates. The U.S. is leading the investigation.