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Friday 20 October 2017

Blatter takes responsibility for simultaneous World Cup bid fiasco

Sepp Blatter has admitted FIFA may have made an error by running simultaneous bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

FIFA president Blatter confirmed the votes to decide who will host both tournaments will take place, as scheduled, on December 2, despite two executive committee members being suspended on corruption allegations.

England are competing with Russia and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium for the right to host the 2018 event, while Australia, Qatar, Japan, South Korea and the United States are going for 2022.

The Spain/Portugal team, bidding to host the 2018 World Cup, has denied claims of alleged collusion with Qatar, who have an eye on the 2022 event.

FIFA are currently investigating "rumours" of an agreement between two countries to exchange votes, something forbidden by the regulations.

Blatter said: "We have asked ourselves whether it has been wise to have a double bid for the two World Cups. I have expressed my concern that the decision to put the World Cups together was a good decision. I take responsibility for that and it was not the right thing to do."

Blatter also announced FIFA would look into ways of livening up the group stages of the World Cup after a series of draws at the finals in South Africa.

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