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

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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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Posted by: Kriyansh

Qatar is a strong believer of Money power and has no value for any talent. Most of the managers hire officials who are placed in high ranking positions are the wrong people sitting at the right places, that is why many times even the local events to attract international exhibitors were shelved at the last moment even after a lot of arrangements when you dont know what to do and on the top of that you strongly believe that the knowledge to do a task, is not required only money is enough, then you are in great trouble, hope Qatar understands this soon and avoid humiliation.

I really feel bad for the country, because it has a rich potential but unwise people as guardians with power. It is so unfortunate.

Posted by: Ron

Soccer in Qatar is the same as a camel festival in Iceland ! This is a stupid choiche from the beginning. To hot and no soccer country.

Posted by: IAIN

It was England not Britain who wre bidding to host the World Cup, please dont taint us with the same brush.

Posted by: Simon

Whitewash alert! What is the point of Garcia's investigation if it is patently incomplete? Even if the allegations in the Sunday Times are not well founded (although they are looking quite water-tight), let's get everything out into the open, deal with it properly and have the right decision come out of that process. By sweeping inconvenient details under the carpet, FIFA continues to find new ways to discredit itself.
Mathew, please check your facts before making that kind of comment....Britain (I think you mean British countries like England or Scotland) has never been part of the process to host the 2022 World Cup. And surely the information unearthed by the newspapers is slightly relevant for Garcia's investigation, right?

Posted by: Doug

Britain has no stake in the 2022 World Cup, it's Australia and Japan who have lost out.

If Garcia is serious about investigating corruption, he should take into account ALL the evidence. He should also have access to private emails - otherwise, how on earth can he investigate properly?

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