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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes that staging the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar is still a possibility amid fresh charges of bribery in the bidding process.
The U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment last week charging that Russia and Qatar paid bribes to secure votes in the process that saw them awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
According to the indictment, former Brazilian federation president Ricardo Teixeira, the now-deceased ex-COMNEBOL president Nicolas Leoz and a co-conspirator received bribes to ensure their votes for Qatar to stage the tournament.
“Europe therefore would not be first choice. The United States could do it instead of 2026. They are capable, it’s not rocket science! Japan could also do it. They also bid to host the 2022 World Cup.