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Minister: England is 'ready to host 2022 World Cup'

England is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if it is stripped from Qatar in the wake of allegations of corruption and bribery in Fifa, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has said.

Other key developments include:

  • Ex-vice president Jack Warner has promised to release an 'avalanche' of documents relating to the Fifa scandal
  • A full transcript of the confession of shamed Fifa official Charles 'Chuck' Blazer has been released
  • Outgoing president Sepp Blatter is being investigated by the FBI as part of the investigation
  • South Africa reject 2010 World Cup bribe claims
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FBI 'investigating 2018 and 2022 World Cup decisions'

The FBI's investigation into allegations of corruption at Fifa includes scrutiny into the body's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, according to a US law enforcement official.

The official said the inquiry was looking "beyond" the recent claims made against a number of senior Fifa workers, including the leadership of outgoing president Sepp Blatter, who announced his resignation yesterday.

Meanwhile, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke - who has been implicated in a letter - said he does not understand the accusations against him.

He said he sees no reason why he should not remain in the post, adding: "I don't feel guilty".

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