Moscow, Russia | AFP | The Kremlin on Tuesday “categorically” denied allegations that Russia had bribed FIFA officials for the fitting to host the 2018 World Cup.
“Russia absolutely legally got the right to organise the World Cup,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters.
He stated the choice was “not linked to any bribes, we categorically deny this.”
“Russia organized the best football World Cup in history. We are proud of it,” he added.
According to US Justice Department paperwork launched Monday, FIFA officials obtained bribes to vote in favor of awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the event in 2022 to Qatar.
“We have read the articles in the media. We do not understand what it is about,” Peskov stated.
The allegations are linked to a wide-ranging 2015 corruption scandal that left world governing physique FIFA in turmoil and led to the downfall of then-president Sepp Blatter.
In the following years, the US authorities has accused a complete of 45 folks and numerous sports activities firms of greater than 90 crimes and of paying or accepting greater than $200 million in bribes.
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