Russia denies obstructing FIFA investigation

MOSCOW (AP) — The man who led Russia’s winning bid for the 2018 World Cup has denied obstructing a FIFA investigation into corruption during the bid process.

Both Russia and Qatar were cleared by a FIFA judge on Thursday, but the ruling noted that computers from the Russian bid had been destroyed and emails were unavailable.

Alexei Sorokin, who now runs the local organizing committee, says “everything we could supply to the investigation, we did.”

Sorokin says the bid team’s computers had been rented and the organization lost track of them after the bidding process ended.