FIFA Director of Communications and Public Affairs Walter De Gregorio confirmed in a press conference that the controversial World Cups of 2018 and 2022 will go ahead as planned in Russia and Qatar respectively, as reported by The Guardian.
Following the arrest of a number of high-ranking officials within the organisation on Wednesday morning, the governing body quickly put together a press conference to explain the situation in richer detail and deliver their stance on proceedings.
De Gregorio explained how FIFA president Sep Blatter is not involved in the investigation, and weirdly stated that “he is not dancing in his office, but he is calm,” before confirming that it will be business as usual until there are more developments.
FIFA say they intend to fully co-operate on any request made by those looking into the case, and stated that the two upcoming World Cups will be played as normal.
“The World Cups will be played in Russia and Qatar,” De Gregorio said.
However, following some more questioning by a series of overwhelmingly British journalists, De Gregorio back peddled slightly to add: “Russia and Qatar will be played, this is fact today. I can’t go into speculation about what will happen tomorrow.”
The US department of justice have since released the names of the nine FIFA officials and five “corporate executives” who have been indicted for “racketeering conspiracy and corruption” in a lengthy press release on their website.