Nigerian FIFA executive committee member Amos Adamu allegedly told undercover journalists he was prepared to accept $800,000 in exchange for his vote in deciding the host nation of the 2018 World Cup, BBC News reports. Adamu said he wanted the cash to develop soccer in Nigeria, a project that would include the construction of four new artificial soccer pitches in Nigeria.
When the undercover journalists, from UK’s The Sunday Times, asked whether the money would affect the way he voted, he said:
“Obviously, it will have an effect. Of course it will. Because certainly if you are to invest in that, that means you also want the vote.”
FIFA said it is investigating the matter, and may postpone the secret ballot vote currently set to take place on December 2nd. Russia, England, Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal are bidding to host the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA must take a long, hard look in the mirror. It needs to investigate this matter, and try to determine the breadth and depth of corruption among its voting members. Should these allegations prove true, Adamu must be expelled from the committee. It would be no surprise if more followed.
After the International Olympic Committee found evidence of similar corruption among its voting executives in 1999, it expelled 10 members and sanctioned 10 more.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.