FIFA Suspends the World Cup 2026 Bidding Process

According to its general secretary Jerome Valcke, FIFA has suspended the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup. The news comes amid investigations into the tournaments in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
The bidding was due to begin shortly with a decision on the host nation expected in Kuala Lumpur in May 2017 at the FIFA congress.
Sky News reports that Valcke also denied claims he was involved in a $10 million payment to a football official relating to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
FIFA has been in turmoil since the multiple arrests of several top executives amid investigations into alleged bribery, fraud and money laundering in May. Its president Sepp Blatter resigned earlier this month.