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    Bid Procedure for 2018, 2022 World Cups in Line With Regulations - FIFA

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    FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that there were no violations registered during the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) There were no violations registered during the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, something that was confirmed by the audit committee, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Wednesday.

    "My team was the one running all the process for the World Cup 2018 and 2022, and all the bidding countries followed the rules… nothing was big enough during the process, to say that the final decision was not in line with all the rules and regulations which are in place," Valcke told reporters, adding that audit committee came to the same conclusion.

    On May 27, Swiss authorities launched an investigation into the successful bids of Russia and Qatar to host World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 respectively, following the arrest of seven high-ranking FIFA officials in Zurich on a US warrant on federal corruption charges.

    FIFA's compliance chief Domenico Scala said on Sunday that the tournaments in Russia and Qatar could be annulled should evidence emerge of bribery being used in the selection process. So far, no such evidence has been provided, Scala added.

    On Monday, FIFA said in a statement that there are "no legal grounds" for Russia's and Qatar's hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being revoked.

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