Domenico Scala said in an interview with the Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung: ‘If evidence should emerge that the awards to Qatar and Russia only came about thanks to bought votes – then the awards could be invalidated’.
But Mr Scala said that such evidence ‘has yet to be brought forth’ and Russia and Qatar have previously denied any wrongdoing in the award of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. They were not included in the charges announced by the FBI last week against Fifa officials.
The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that he supported Qatar hosting the 2022 tournament – but that Britain would work with another country if Fifa reopened the bidding process. However, he ruled out any British bid to host the 2022 competition if Qatar were stripped of hosting rights.
‘We would offer our support to any country that has been chosen to host the World Cup’ he told BBC World Service radio – saying the final decision would be for Fifa to make.