Fifa vice-president Victor Montagliani has suggested football might still be blighted by corruption if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen to host the next two World Cups.
Russia will host the next tournament in 2018 and Qatar the 2022 event, with both nations winning the right in a controversial vote almost six years ago.
Since the December 2010 awarding, corruption has been exposed in the global game, with then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter among those now banned.
Montagliani, speaking at the Leaders in Sport conference in London, said: "If Russia and Qatar wouldn't have got these World Cups, would we be in this situation now with an opportunity to clean the game?
"I think that was the starting point and the tipping point for certain things to happen.
"If England and the US had got the World Cup, maybe we would've had status quo.
"I'm just wondering if the authorities that have stepped up their involvement in the game would've done that if the choices had been a bit different.
"Maybe the best thing that happened in football was Russia and Qatar."
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Vladimir Putin has insisted that the 2018 football World Cup will go ahead in his country, despite the launch of an investigation into alleged corruption during the bidding process.
The Russian president said England's failure to secure the tournament came about because the bid team did not exhibit its country's potential as a host.
Prosecutors in Switzerland are conducting an investigation into allegations of money laundering surrounding Fifa's handling of the 2010 bidding process which led to Russia being named hosts for 2018 and Qatar for 2022.
But Mr Putin said: "If anyone has evidence, let them present it. We won in a fair fight and we are going to host the World Cup. Any other decision we will consider unfair."
"Great Britain did not exhibit all their potential for what it needed to do to win the World Cup.
"We don't think we are guilty of anything. We fought for the bid fairly. We don't think the decision can be changed. Construction of the stadia has begun and the next World Cup is very soon."
David Beckham's daughter Harper Seven received a personalised kit from the England women's football team ahead of their World Cup opener.
Proud dad David posted a picture of the shirt, shorts and socks on social media with a thank you message.
England face France in their first match of the competition tomorrow.
What an amazing gift from the Women's England Football Team team for Harper! Good luck to the team tomorrow in their first game against France.
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David Beckham has described Fifa's failings as "despicable, unacceptable and awful."
The former England captain said he was left with a "sick feeling" after being misled by Fifa executive committee members who pledged their support for the FA's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, which was eventually awarded to Russia.
Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game we love so much.
Whilst it has not been good to read some of the headlines surrounding our sport recently, I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction.
Football is not owned by a few individuals at the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport.
It is time for Fifa to change and we should all welcome it.
Russia intends to use prisoners to help build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2018 World Cup and bring costs down.
A bill drafted by a member of the ruling party, United Russia, with the backing of the country's prison service, would allow contractors to use convicts in their projects.
"It'll help in the sense that there will be the opportunity to acquire building materials for a lower price, lower than there is currently on the market," Alexander Khinshtein told The Associated Press.
The Russian government is currently under pressure for the event's projected cost of 640bn roubles (£8.2bn).
Under the plans, convicts would continue to live in prison, travelling to work each day. They would earn roughly £190 per month.
A BBC news crew has been arrested in Qatar while on an official visit to the country.
The crew were among other members of the press invited to tour new workers' accommodation, following ongoing international outcry at the poor conditions faced by the men building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.
However, the crew found themselves arrested by Qatari security services, and jailed and aggressively interrogated for two days.
In an article for the BBC, Middle East business correspondent Mark Lobel spoke of "hostile" questioning.
He wrote: "Thirteen hours of waiting around and questioning later, one of the interrogators snapped. 'This is not Disneyland,' he barked. 'You can't stick your camera anywhere.'"
In a statement, the Qatari government said: "By trespassing on private property and running afoul of Qatari laws, the BBC reporter made himself the story. We sincerely hope that this was not his intention.
"Moreover, we deeply regret that he was unable to report the real story, which is that the government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labour conditions of guest workers in Qatar."
Here we go. Qatar's government issues a statement attacking us (no word on whereabouts of our equipment). Our response to that v soon online