On the heels of allegations over a Nigerian member of FIFA and some others offering to sell their World Cup 2018 vote for $800,000,Sepp Blatter sent the letter below to all FIFA Executive members.
World Cup Vote For SaleThe world football governing body, FIFA is to launch an investigation into allegations surrounding a deal to buy votes for the World Cup 2018 bid. The allegations are centred around two FIFA members who offered to support an American tender in return for cash.

Both members said they wanted the money to support football development in their home country. One said he was looking for a payment of $800,000 for football pitches in his native Nigeria. The other asked for money to fund a sports academy.

The alleged persons concerned are the President of the West African Football Union and the President of the Oceania Football Federation. Given the high level status of these members FIFA are keen to find out the truth of the matter. The alleged request for money came in a sting operation by a British Sunday newspaper.

FIFA has strict regulations regarding the bidding process for the right to stage a World Cup and have said they have monitored the bidding process carefully. However they have asked for details of the apparent bid fixing incident. The allegations concerning the sale of votes come as The United States withdrew its bid for the 2018 bid to concentrate on a bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Likewise the Australians withdrew their bid for 2018 to focus their attention on 2022. The 2018 competition will definitely be held in a European country. � England will compete with Russia, and a joint Spain Portugal bid. Holland linked with Belgium make up the other contenders for the worlds biggest football tournament.

Zurich, 17 October 2010

Dear members of the FIFA Executive Committee,

I am sorry to have to inform you of a very unpleasant situation, which has developed in relation to an article published today in the Sunday Times titled “World Cup votes for sale”.

The information in the article has created a very negative impact on FIFA and on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. Some current and former members of the Executive Committee are mentioned in the article. FIFA has reacted by providing the following statement to the media, which I would like to share with you:

"FIFA and the FIFA Ethics Committee have closely monitored the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups and will continue to do so. FIFA has already requested to receive all of the information and documents related to this matter, and is awaiting to receive this material. In any case, FIFA will immediately analyse the material available and only once this analysis has concluded will FIFA be able to decide on any potential next steps. In the meantime, FIFA is not in a position to provide any further comments on this matter."

FIFA will stand by this statement, and will open an in depth investigation, which we will start immediately together with the FIFA Ethics Committee and the FIFA Secretary General.

I will keep you duly informed of any further developments. In the meantime, I would like to ask you to refrain from making any public comments on this matter.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely yours,
Joseph S. Blatter
FIFA President