16 Nov 2010

FIFA meeting into corruption allegations begins

11:58 am on 16 November 2010

The future of two FIFA delegates, including one from Oceania, will be decided in the next couple of days after football's world governing body started investigations into corruption allegations.

The three-day meeting in Switzerland has resulted from newspaper allegations over bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.

Two members of FIFA's executive committee, Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temarii of Tahiti, have been suspended pending the outcome of the hearing into newspaper allegations they offered to sell their votes for two forthcoming world cup bids.

The Sunday Times newspaper says Mr Temarii wanted three million dollars to set up a sports academy in Auckland, in exchange for his vote.

FIFA's ethics committee is also probing allegations of collusion between bidding nations, which would be against the rules.

The committee is expected to announced its decision at the end of the week.