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World Cup 2026 Bidding Process To Be Delayed

A senior FIFA official says football’s governing body will postpone the start of bidding for the right to host the 2026 World Cup amid allegations around the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Samara that it was "nonsense" to begin the process in the current climate.

The vote to decide who will host the 2026 competition had been due to take place in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017.

In 2010, Russia and Qatar were selected to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups by FIFA’s 22 executive members.

But Swiss prosecutors are now investigating alleged financial irregularities surrounding the bidding process.

Valcke was visiting Samara to see how preparations are going for the 2018 finals.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP