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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Australia interested if re-vote taken on 2022 WCup

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's sports minister says the country would be interested in making another bid for the 2022 World Cup if the hosting rights are re-contested following allegations of corruption in FIFA's voting process.
Socceroos celebrate their goal against Ghana at the World Cup
The Australian government spent $45 million and received just one vote. Qatar was granted hosting rights, but growing corruption claims have raised the remote prospect of last December's poll being re-run.

Sports Minister Mark Arbib said in comments published Saturday that "we were disappointed not to win the right ... and believe if given the chance we could put on the best-ever World Cup."

Two FIFA executive members from Africa were alleged to have taken bribes of $1.5 million each to vote for Qatar.