Brussels - Belgium may seek compensation over the 4.5
million euros ($5.13 million) spent on their unsuccessful 2018 World Cup bid if
FIFA's decision to award the finals to Russia is found to be fraudulent.
"If fraud is proven it is obvious to me that we will
seek compensation," Belgian Football Federation chairman Francois de
Keersmaecker was quoted as saying by Het Nieuwsblad on Thursday.
The country made a joint bid with the Netherlands that cost
nine million euros.
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Flemish government sports minister Philippe Muyters told the
same newspaper that fraud still needed to be proven.
"But if it was the case, we will, with our partners,
look to proceed with a claim," he said.
The executive committee of world soccer's ruling body FIFA
chose Russia ahead of the Belgian-Dutch bid, a joint bid from Portugal and
Spain, and one by England.For
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