FIFA probes World Cup watch gifts

FIFA probes World Cup watch gifts
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FIFA begins a probe into whether gifts from the Brazilian Football Federation breached the governing body's code of ethics.

Football's governing body FIFA is investigating whether its code of ethics was broken after the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) gave away commemorative watches as gifts.

According to BBC Sport, the watches produced by FIFA's official timekeeper Hublot, were given away by one of the CBF's own sponsors to a number of figures, including members of the FIFA executive committee.

A spokesman for FIFA said: "The independent ethics committee was informed in June 2014 and is dealing with the matter."

Earlier this week, FIFA published its findings regarding the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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