By Staff writer
Michael Garcia hands in three reports to FIFA chiefs after year-long investigation into alleged corruption
FIFA has announced that it has received three reports from ethics investigator Michael Garcia and his team after their probe into alleged corruption related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.
Qatar and Russia were chosen to host the tournaments in December 2010 by FIFA’s executive committee.
The reports, delayed since July, will now be examined by FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert, who can impose sanctions if corruption is proven.
FIFA did not say in its statement if Garcia’s 350-page report, has put Qatar’s hosting rights for 2022 into question.
"Over the course of this year-long investigation, the Investigatory Chamber interviewed more than 75 witnesses and compiled a record that, in addition to audio recordings from interviews, includes more than 200,000 pages of relevant material," FIFA said in the statement.
"The report sets forth detailed factual findings; reaches conclusions concerning further action with respect to certain individuals; identifies issues to be referred to other FIFA committees; and makes recommendations for future bidding processes," it added, without giving further details about when a final decision would be reached.
FIFA gave Garcia and Eckert unlimited time and money to complete their probe of a subject which has dogged FIFA and threatened the image of its top tournament.
Russia beat England and joint bids from Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium for the 2018 tournament.
Qatar beat the United States 14-8 in a final round after Australia, Japan and South Korea were eliminated in the contest to hold the 2022 World Cup.
Within weeks of the vote, concerns about Qatar’s bid emerged with the Gulf state's soaring summer temperatures making a traditional June/July World Cup a non-starter.
FIFA has since begun consultations to switch the traditional World Cup dates to cooler months, with a November kickoff favoured.
Qatar has also been the subject of allegations that it bought support and influence from FIFA voters, claims that Qatar's organising committee strongly denies.
Qatar will never lose the hosting rights.
Qatar 2022 will be the END of Fifa.
Is that a threat ?
Qatar should be stripped off from hosting World Cup 2022.
Climate conditions make it impossible to Play in Jun-July . Despite building cooling stadiums, its the humidity and not the the heat that will kill the players. To host the tournament in Nov-Dec, FIFA should consider a re-vote.
I'm not understanding you Salaman, are you saying the end of fifa will be that they will not strip qatar of the world cup resulting in the end of fifa, or that if they strip qatar, then it will be the end of fifa. The only way what you said would be true is if it is the first one I said. To tell you the truth Qatar is an insignificant country not just in football but in the world. People would not care if Qatar was stripped of the world cup.