Soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body FIFA announced Wednesday that it has suspended the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup.
The United States is widely considered favorite to host the tournament, having narrowly lost out to Qatar to stage the 2022 edition of the world’s largest sporting event.
As part of their landmark case into allegation corruption at FIFA, U.S. and Swiss officials are investigating the soccer body’s bidding process for the 2022 event as well as the 2018 World Cup awarded to Russia.
“Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed,” FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Samara.
FIFA’s compliance chief told a Swiss newspaper Sunday that Russia and Qatar could be stripped of their host status if evidence emerges of bribery in the bidding process.