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Expert: FIFA World Cups in 2018, 2022 Could Be Moved

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 06:26 PM

A soccer expert tells Newsmax there is a chance the 2018 and 2022 World Cups could be moved to different host countries in the wake of the FIFA scandal that saw its president resign Tuesday.

Bobby McMahon, a soccer analyst for Rogers Sportsnet and a Forbes writer, tells Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" he could see the sport's governing body taking away the hosting rights from Russia and Qatar if foul play is discovered.

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McMahon noted that if any of the allegations from the book, 'The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup' are true "I could actually see the World Cup being taken away and I wouldn't have said that even two weeks ago."

The soccer world was rattled last week when several officials were arrested on charges of corruption.

Russia won the rights to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the 2022 event, but that could be in jeopardy if bribery and other forms of corruption helped them win.

Sepp Blatter, who became the president of FIFA in 1998, was re-elected to the position last Friday but then decided to turn in his resignation on Tuesday because of the scandal. One of his top aides reportedly has ties to $10 million in bank transactions at the heart of the scandal.

"It's amazing. Four days after being elected. I think everybody realized that it was going to be four years of challenges that Blatter perhaps never faced before," McMahon says. "It's one thing to wave away the attentions of the press when they're claiming corruption, but it's something else to wave off Department of Justice investigations and Swiss law enforcement investigations as well. So it was going to be a type of challenge that Blatter had never faced before.

"But to fall on your sword only four days after getting such a big majority — a margin of 60 votes was what Blatter won by — and to fall on his sword so quickly is truly astonishing and shocking."

McMahon does not think, however, there will be any proof that Blatter himself participated in any form of corruption.

"You've got a situation whether there will ever be proof that Blatter took money in the form of bribes or kickbacks," he says. "That's a question that will get answered in the next couple of years. I tend to think not."

The United States has hosted the World Cup, which is held every four years, just once (1994) since it began in 1930. McMahon was asked whether he thinks the U.S. will ever host another World Cup, particularly since the Department of Justice played a key role in exposing the FIFA scandal.

"I think it comes down to who the successor's going to be. I think it comes down to the reforms," he said. "It comes down to somebody who's going to actually pull the FIFA family together as Blatter always referred to [it], but a very dysfunctional family. It has to turn it into a workable government structure around the world."

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