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Fifa finally admits to World Cup bribes and asks to reclaim millions lost in corruption probe

FIFA has admitted for the first time that votes to host previous World Cups were bought.

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And now the disgraced governing body of world football is seeking to reclaim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money.

Almost £135million has already been forfeited by officials who pleaded guilty in the massive corruption case that brought the downfall of ex-President Sepp Blatter.

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Fifa submitted documents in New York on Wednesday in a bid to get back some of that tainted cash.

The defendants diverted this money not just from FIFA but from players, coaches and fans worldwide who benefit from the programmes that FIFA runs to develop and promote football

Gianni Infantino

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Fifa claims it is the victim of corrupt individuals.

And page ten of the 22-page file reads: "It is now apparent that multiple members of Fifa's Executive Committee abused their positions and sold their votes on multiple occasions."

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One of those claims centres around the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

It is alleged that Jack Warner, his son Daryan Warner and Chuck Blazer - who has pled guilty - along with other names "engineered" a £7m payoff for votes.