first_imgFIFAs new council, meanwhile, resumed on Tuesday the FIFAs new council, meanwhile, resumed on Tuesday the process to select the host of the 2026 World Cup, which had been frozen since last year over claims of misdeeds in awarding the tournaments to Russia for 2018 and Qatar for 2022.”After all the issues, or criticisms, or whatever, which happened around the last World Cup bidding process, it is absolutely crucial for FIFAs credibility that we have a bullet-poof bidding process in place for 2026,” Infantino said. He noted that human rights requirements will be examined during the process for the first time and that bidders that fail technical requirements will be excluded.But the scandals keep haunting world football.On Monday, Infantinos former boss, Michel Platini, said he will step down as head of European football body UEFA after failing to overturn his ban from all football-related activity over allegations that he received a dubious two million Swiss franc (USD 2 million, 1.8 million euros) payment from FIFA. Earlier this month, FIFA banned two top executive members from Chile and Colombia for life over bribes. World footballs governing body must now ratify reforms that were approved by the special congress, which renamed the disgraced executive committee as the FIFA Council and pruned its powers.The reforms came into force on April 27, 60 days after the vote.The governance reforms include term limits, transparency in salaries and more powers for the secretary general.In other decisions, the congress faces prickly votes over the admission of Gibraltar and the former Serbian province of Kosovo, taking the world body to 211 members.advertisementThe FIFA Council recommended on Tuesday that both be admitted, which would entitle them to participate in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.FIFAs executive originally rejected Gibraltars bid, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ordered that the congress take a vote on the British territory, which is also claimed by Spain. AFP AH AHlast_img