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    Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) investigative report on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be made public, FIFA Director of Legal Affairs, Marco Villiger said at press conference in Zurich.

    MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti) - Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) investigative report on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be made public, FIFA Director of Legal Affairs, Marco Villiger said at press conference in Zurich.

    "FIFA code of ethics requires that investigations be kept confidential," Villiger said.

    The investigation began back in 2012, focusing on the bidding process aimed to choose the 2018 and 2022 championships hosts, which generated much controversy after Russia and Qatar won the voting.

    Qatar beat out bids from Australia, the United States and Japan to host the event in 2022. Since that vote in 2010, many countries were saying that Qatar secured the outcome through a series of secret deals.

    Several nations expressed concern over Russia hosting the World Cup 2018 amid the Ukrainian crisis and even threatened to boycott the championship.

    However, FIFA president, Joseph Blatter said that sports should never be mixed with politics and confirmed that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is going to take place in Russia as planned.

    Russia was awarded the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup on December 2, 2010. The championship will be hosted by 11 Russian cities, namely Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg, and Volgograd. The tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation.

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    investigation, football, 2022 World Cup, 2018 World Cup, FIFA, FIFA World Cup 2022, FIFA World Cup 2018, Joseph Blatter, Marco Villiger, Qatar
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