March 23, 2019

Netherlands and Belgium may sue FIFA over 2018 World Cup bid

The Netherlands and Belgium have sought legal advice over whether to seek compensation for the cost of their aborted World Cup bid after discovering the choice of Russia for the 2018 finals was pre-planned.

The Dutch and Belgian FAs say they have contacted a legal firm after suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter said two weeks ago that soccer’s world governing body agreed Russia would be hosts long before the completion of the bidding process.

Blatter made the disclosure in an interview with Russian reporters, sparking uproar from the joint Belgian-Dutch bid and from England who also bid for the right to host the finals.

“An interview is not enough to take steps but we are preparing ourselves for the outcome of a continuing investigation,” said a Dutch FA spokesman. Read more

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