Swiss police said on Friday they were investigating an anonymous bomb threat at the FIFA congress in Zurich that briefly halted proceedings. The threat was made by telephone to a Zurich-based newsroom on Friday morning, Zurich city police said, adding that no one had been evacuated from the congress.
Qatar defended its successful 2022 World Cup bid on Friday following corruption scandals in soccer's governing body FIFA and said it would carry on with plans to stage the event. Qatar's World Cup organizing committee said in a statement Qatar had conducted its 2022 bid with integrity and to the highest ethical standards, but it would comply with further investigations into the award if asked. Qatar beat bids from Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that FIFA President Sepp Blatter should step aside over allegations of corruption in soccer's world governing body, adding that it was "unthinkable" that he could lead FIFA forward. "In my view, he should go," Cameron said at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.