WRAPUP 8-FBI extends FIFA scrutiny to World Cup host bids of Russia, Qatar

miércoles 3 de junio de 2015 17:45 GYT
 

* U.S. investigation of world soccer body gathers pace

* Qatar and Russia deny wrongdoing in bids

* Blatter resignation bombshell to world soccer

* South Africa confirms $10 million payment

* Informer's case shows bribes for 1998, 2010 World Cup selection

By Mark Hosenball and Katharina Bart

NEW YORK/ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) - The FBI's investigation of bribery and corruption at FIFA includes scrutiny of how soccer's governing body awarded World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

Russia and Qatar have denied wrongdoing in the conduct of their bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which were not the subject of charges announced by U.S. prosecutors a week ago against FIFA officials that stunned world soccer.

The U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the review of the bids would be part of a probe that goes beyond the indictments. Among issues the FBI is examining is the stewardship of FIFA by longtime president Sepp Blatter, who unexpectedly announced on Tuesday he was resigning shortly before it emerged that he too was under investigation by U.S. law enforcement.   Continuación...