FIFA World Cup probe 'will not include new Qatar documents'

Chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has not asked to see emails obtained by UK's The Sunday Times - report
By Staff writer
Tue 03 Jun 2014 02:29 PM

FIFA's chief ethics investigator will not consider documents regarding the new corruption allegations surrounding the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, it was reported on Tuesday.

Michael Garcia has promised to complete his investigation by next week, but will not to examine the documents obtained by The Sunday Times this week.

The UK's The Guardian newspaper said it understood that Garcia has not asked for the documents, which include emails and accounts linked to the Qatari former FIFA vice-president Mohamed bin Hammam.

"After months of interviewing witnesses and gathering materials, we intend to complete that phase of our investigation by 9 June 2014, and to submit a report to the adjudicatory chamber approximately six weeks thereafter," said Garcia in comments published by The Guardian.

"The report will consider all evidence potentially related to the bidding process, including evidence collected from prior investigations."

Qatar has faced calls to be stripped of the 2022 World Cup in the wake of fresh allegations that Bin Hammam used a $5m slush fund to not only buy goodwill for his tilt at the FIFA presidency but to aid the 2022 bid.

On Sunday, Qatar's World Cup Bid Committee hit back at the latest claims of corruption and denied any wrongdoing

The committee which ran Qatar's successful campaign to host the 2022 World Cup said it "vehemently denied all allegations" after reports of corruption in the bidding process.

The committee said in a statement to Sky News on Sunday that it won the right to hold the 2022 football tournament "because it was the best bid".

Garcia has spent more than a year travelling the world to interview those involved in the race to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments and investigate allegations of bribery and corruption.

He has interviewed representatives from all nine of the bidding nations, including a summit with a Qatari delegation on Monday, The Guardian added.

Jim Murphy, the UK's shadow secretary for international development, told the paper: "If the Garcia investigation refuses to accept The Sunday Times evidence the process will be a sham and FIFA will be forever tainted. Corruption must be tackled."

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