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The hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be decided this Thursday (Dec. 2) and the unusual process has been accompanied by a set of controversy, involving bribes, suspensions, alleged international horse-trading and even, though not surprisingly, Trinidad’s own Jack Warner. BBC recently broadcast a special on corruption in FIFA alleging senior officials accepted bribes from a Swiss marketing company totaling US$100 million for marketing and television rights that all buts torpedoes England’s chances due to the strong possibility that FIFA delegates will vote for other countries out of spite. This same article also mentions South Africa at the end, describing the price paid for hosting the world’s most prestigious sporting event (Olympics be damned).

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