FIFA decide to postpone World Cup 2026 bidding process

Another day, another bit of news from FIFA HQ
Another day, another bit of news from FIFA HQ

Fifa has suspended the 2026 World Cup bidding process amid a widening corruption scandal implicating previous bid contests.

Secretary general Jerome Valcke says it would be "nonsense" to begin the process now.

FIFA planned to write to its 209 member federations this week to explain the bidding timetable and rules.

The 2026 host is expected to be chosen by the 209 members at their May 2017 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Potential bidders include the United States, Mexico, Canada and countries from Europe.

Mr Valcke spoke at a news conference with Russian organisers of the 2018 World Cup, and defended his role in alleged bribes paid by South Africa during the 2010 bidding contest.

In other FIFA a news, a date of in and around December 16 has been set for the election of the next President.

FIFA said an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee will take place in July where the decision on the date of a Congress to hold the presidential election will be taken.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "It requires an extraordinary executive committee to confirm a date and agenda for the extraordinary elective Congress. This extraordinary executive committee will convene in July, the precise date to be confirmed this week.

There are currently various date options for discussion at this extraordinary executive committee meeting."

Blatter, 79, confirmed his departure at a hastily-arranged press conference in Zurich and said he would stay as president until the election which is due to be held between December and March, and it is understood mid-December is viewed as a likely option.