The FIFA inspection team includes six delegates led by Chilean Football Federation President Harold Mayne-Nicholls. It includes Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the organizing committee for the recently concluded World Cup in South Africa.
The body said it reviewed allegations that expensive gifts were provided to some FIFA Congress delegates in May 2008 _ eight months before official campaigning began _ but decided there were “no grounds to open a formal case.”
At the end of the inspection tour, the delegation will submit a report to assist FIFA’s 24 executive members select a host for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments, which will be announced by FIFA on Dec. 2 in Zurich.
Australia is competing with bids from South Korea and Japan, which co-hosted the 2002 World Cup, Qatar, Japan and the United States for the 2022 World Cup.
The U.S. is also in the contest for 2018, which is expected to be awarded to one of four European bids: joint bids by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium, England or Russia.