'England could host the 2022 World Cup'

England football teamGettySteven Gerrard of England celebrates scoring the second goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Poland at Wembley Stadium on October 15, 2013 in London, England.

England is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if Qatar is stripped of its hosting duties due to the corruption scandal, says Britain’s Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

Whittingdale told MPs, as reported by ITV News and Sky News, that Britain could host the 2022 World Cup if FIFA decides to take away Qatar’s chance of hosting the event after several high-ranking FIFA officials were charged with racketeering and corruption charges.

The charges relate to more than $US150 million in alleged bribes and kickbacks from the 1990s to today.

Last week, the US Department of Justice accused the officials in an extensive statement that the international soccer governing body of a “24-year scheme [sought] to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.”

Four men, including former top-ranking FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, have already pleaded guilty. The DOJ’s indictment charges 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud, money-laundering conspiracies, and other offenses.

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