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FIFA widens probe into World Cup bids corruption

FIFA has widened its probe into alleged World Cup bidding corruption after a former leading administrator reportedly claimed two candidates have colluded to trade votes.

sports Updated: Oct 25, 2010 14:16 IST

FIFA has widened its probe into alleged World Cup bidding corruption after a former leading administrator reportedly claimed two candidates have colluded to trade votes.

FIFA says it has "immediately requested to receive all ... potential evidence," from Britain's Sunday Times newspaper regarding its reporting of comments from Michel Zen-Ruffinen, the former general secretary of football's world governing body.

Zen-Ruffinen was secretly filmed saying Spain-Portugal and Qatar each have seven votes from the 24-man FIFA executive committee which is choosing World Cup hosts in December.

Spain-Portugal want to host in 2018 and Qatar is a 2022 candidate.

FIFA says it will refer the evidence to its ethics committee for an ongoing investigation.