Fifa, football's world governing body, has published its rules on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for the first time.
The decision follows repeated requests from the BBC to see the regulations.
Last week, the BBC revealed that the England 2018 bid team had bought luxury handbags for the wives and partners of all 24 voters in the Fifa election.
The bidding countries knew what these rules were, but until now have not been allowed to talk about them in public.
The regulations state that gifts should be banned "except for occasional gifts that are generally regarded as having symbolic or incidental value and that exclude any influence on a decision in relation to the bidding process."
It would appear from this that the England bid team was indeed in breach of the regulations when it gave out the luxury handbags.
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