The initial bidding process for the 2026 World Cup have been postponed because of all the scandal allegations and investigations that are going around surrounding FIFA.
Jerome Valcke is the general secretary of FIFA and he has stated that since there still no president or leader to properly run all of the processes involving the football governing body, the bidding for the 2026 has to be postponed at least until things start getting settled.
“Today there is no leadership at FIFA so it’s normal that it’s been suspended. Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed. I will answer all the questions. I have nothing to hide,” Valcke said as he talked during a news conference which was held in Paris.
Valckeis another one of the FIFA executives which has been linked with claims of scandals and things of that nature, according to investigations Valcke has had something to do with briberies involving the 2010 World Cup. The secretary general responded to those bribery claims by saying that he has nothing to hide.
United States are the favorites of hosting the 2026 World Cup but until everything involving FIFA and it’s recent fallout gets resolved, the bidding process will not be able to officially initiate.
Canada, Mexico and Colombia are some of the other countries that have emerged as candidates of hosting the 2026 World Cup.
The bribery and scandals surrounding FIFA have been so intense that the FBI is investigating all of the bidding process since 2010 and Jerome Valcke is attempting to declare and prove his innocence involving an alleged $10 million bribe from South Africa for votes to host the 2010 World Cup.