FIFA, the governing body of the world football governing body, has suspended all of its 209 member associations from the World Cup in Brazil.
The decision was announced by the International Olympic Committee in a statement on its website.
“The suspension of the 209 member association Associations is necessary to protect the integrity of the bidding process and to ensure the best possible sporting environment for the FIFA World Cup, in line with the Olympic Charter and International Football Regulations,” the statement read.
It continued: “The suspension is subject to the conclusion of the investigation and will not affect the bidding of the World Championships for 2019.”
The World Cup begins on May 1 and runs through June 5.
The World Football Association of South Africa said on Tuesday it would appeal the decision.
The International Federation of Athletics Federations has suspended its governing body for three months over the FIFA scandal.
The FFA said in a press release that the decision was taken “in the wake of the announcement by the Executive Committee of the FIFA executive committee on the need for the suspension of all FIFA-accredited Associations and other federations of the FFA”.FIFA, whose rules prohibit members from bidding for international competitions in the future, has been under pressure to take a tougher stance on corruption in sports.
The governing body was criticised for not taking a stronger stance on Russia in the 2016 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after a corruption scandal involving Russian officials.
The World Football League said it would hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the situation.