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By ESPN Staff

Blatter admits combined bid process a mistake

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted the organisation has made an error by running simultaneous bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Blatter confirmed the votes to decide who will host both tournaments will take place as scheduled on December 2, despite two executive committee members currently being suspended following allegations of corruption.

England are competing for the right to host the 2018 tournament with Russia and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium. Australia, Qatar, Japan, South Korea and the United States are bidding to host the 2022 World Cup.

The Spain/Portugal bid to host the 2018 World Cup have denied claims of alleged collusion with Qatar, who are looking to stage the 2022 competition.

FIFA is currently investigating ''rumours'' of an agreement between two countries to exchange votes, something explicitly forbidden by the regulations.

Against a troubled background, Blatter reflected: ''We have asked ourselves whether it has been wise to have a double bid for the two World Cups.

''I have expressed my concern that the decision to put the World Cups together was a good decision. I take responsibility for that and it was not the right thing to do. We are in a situation now where we have to go on.''

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