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Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

FIFA looks into vote bribery claims

LONDON (AP) FIFA said on Sunday it will examine evidence from a British newspaper alleging that two FIFA executive committee members offered to sell their votes in World Cup bidding.

The Sunday Times filmed Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Oceania Football Confederation president Reynald Temarii of Tahiti asking for money to fund projects.

The reporters were posing as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies who wanted to help bring the World Cup back to the United States by winning December's vote. No money changed hands.

Adamu and Temarii, who could not be reached for comment, are on the 24-member committee which votes on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Zurich in December's secret vote.

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