Australia interest in 2022 re-vote

by AP on May 21, 2011

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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.

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.