Russia and Qatar, hosts of the next two soccer World Cup tournaments, could be disqualified from holding the games if evidence of bribery emerges, says a senior FIFA official.
Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's auditing and compliance committee, told Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung at the weekend that the countries, which will hold the 2018 and 2022 events respectively, would lose their privileges if he discovered that their selection was the result of bribery.
However, he added that no evidence has yet been found.
This is the latest development in the FIFA scandal, which began in May when seven FIFA officials were arrested by U.S. authorities. So far, 14 people have been indicted with charges of racketeering and money laundering. They have been accused of receiving more than $150 million in bribes over 24 years.