The Netherlands, Belgium, mulling legal move against FIFA over 2018 World Cup bid

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FIFA, the international governing body of football, is likely to get sued by The Netherlands and Belgium after its abandoned 2018 World Cup bid.

The Netherlands and Belgium are seeking legal assistance over whether to seek compensation after suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in an interview two weeks ago with Russian reporters, said that the world governing body of football chose Russia to be hosts long before the bidding process was over.

Blatter’s announcement soon sparked uproar from the joint Butch-Belgian bid and from England who also bid for rights to host the finals.

An interview is not enough to take steps but we are preparing ourselves for the outcome of a continuing investigation,” said a Dutch FA spokesman.

Francois de Keersmaecker, president of the Belgian FA, added: “In agreement with our Dutch colleagues we have asked a legal firm to see if we can claim for compensation.

“It was unethical to allow us to incur unnecessary costs while the outcome of the bidding process had already been determined.

“On the basis of the advice we get, we’ll decide what steps to take next.”

The joint bid cost the Dutch and the Belgians 10 million euros which went up against another joint bid from Spain and Portugal. There were individual bids from England and Russia as well.

England however, soon made an exit after the first round of voting and the Dutch-Belgian bid finished third in the second round of voting where Russia received the maximum votes to be declared winners.

The English FA are also seeking legal aid and have already sent FIFA questions about the 2018 bidding and selection process.

Australia might carefully watch the legal action and its proceedings after its failed bid for 2022 World Cup which eventually went to Qatar in a process which according to Blatter was also pre-determined.

Blatter is presently serving a 90 day suspension imposed by FIFA’s Ethics Committee which is also looking into a 2 million Swiss franc payment Blatter allegedly made to Michel Platini against the interests of FIFA in 2011.

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