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ITV and BBC sign new broadcast deal for Fifa 2018 and 2022 World Cup

The BBC and ITV have signed a new deal with Fifa to broadcast the 2018 Fifa World Cup and 2022 Fifa World Cup across TV, radio and online.

The 2018 finals will be the 14th consecutive Fifa World Cup that BBC and ITV have broadcast together.

BBC director of sport, Barbara Slater, said: "We are delighted to have secured the rights to one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It is fantastic news that the pinnacle event in world football will continue to be available free of charge for everyone in the UK. As we prepare for kick off in Brazil we hope viewers at home will enjoy watching it as much as we will look forward to broadcasting it."

Fifa is under increasing pressure to investigate corruption claims over the 2022 in Qatar after key sponsor Sony called on the governing body to launch an ‘appropriate investigation’ into claims that Qatar's former Fifa vice president, Mohamed Bin Hammam, paid officials £3m to win support to host the World Cup.

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