19 Nov 2010

Temarii says Fifa must review World Cup bid process

1:02 pm on 19 November 2010

The Oceania football chief Reynald Temarii, who has been suspended for 12 months by FIFA's ethics committee in a World Cup bidding scandal, says world football's governing body must review the selection process.

The Tahitian was expected to gift Australia a vote when the FIFA executive meets to decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The decision to sideline him from the voting process is potentially a huge blow to Australia's hopes of hosting the 2022 showpiece.

Temarii says he was resigned to being sidelined from the vote to choose the hosts on December 2, although he intends to appeal against the sanction.

He says he intends to go back to FIFA and be one of the drivers that will allow FIFA to correct its structures.

Out of the nine World Cup candidates, only Australia has no representation on the FIFA executive committee, with just 22 members now able to vote.

Temarii claimed FIFA faced a "serious problem" because he had stated that his votes for the 2018 and 2022 hosts would have reflected the choices of the Oceania confederation's executive committee.

England, Russia and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium are in the running to host the 2018 World Cup, while Australia, the United States, Japan, Qatar and South Korea are bidding for 2022.