FIFA has summoned senior Nigerian and Oceanian officials Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii to a committee meeting on Wednesday investigating allegations of votes being sold in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
“I can confirm that Temari and Adamu have been summoned to appear before a meeting of the ethics committee tomorrow,” a spokeswoman for world football’s governing body revealed.
The Sunday Times reported that Adamu and Temarii, who are members of FIFA’s executive committee, had offered to sell their votes in the bidding race for the 2018 World Cup to undercover journalists posing as lobbyists.
The ethics committee will investigate the claims this week following the report.
FIFA said in a statement on Monday that it had “opened proceedings against two members of the FIFA Executive Committee to ascertain whether they have violated the FIFA Code of Ethics,” and will consider “provisional measures” if necessary.
Football’s governing body also revealed that the ethics committee would investigate any agreements between member associations, warning that they could be a clear violation of the bidding rules for the World Cup.
England, Russia, and joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium are in the running to host the 2018 World Cup. For 2022, the contenders are Qatar, Australia, the United States, Japan and South Korea.
FIFA is due to reveal on December 2 which countries will host both events.