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Tue 22 Jul 2014 06:39 PM

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FIFA probe into Qatar World Cup 2022 bid delayed

World football's governing body confirms that findings from investigation won't be revealed until September, two months later than expected

FIFA probe into Qatar World Cup 2022 bid delayed
FIFA president Sepp Blatter. (AFP/Getty Images)

Findings of an investigation into the Qatari and Russian World Cup bids will now not be announced until September, two months later than expected, FIFA has confirmed.

The investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, led by US attorney Michael 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.

Last month, Garcia said he expected to submit his report later this month but has now changed the timeline, without giving a reason for the delay.

The investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee has released a short statement, confirming: “We expect to deliver our report to the adjudicatory chamber by the first week of September 2014."

A fresh set of bribery allegations were made against a Qatari former member of FIFA's executive committee, Mohamed bin Hammam, by UK newspaper The Sunday Times last month.

It said that it had a cache of thousands of emails from Bin Hammam which showed that he operated a slush fund from which payments were made to garner votes from the heads of a number of African football federations.

However, Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, said that it won its bid fairly by working harder than rivals.

In a statement issued in response to new allegations last month, it said: "We knocked on more doors, made more phone calls and took more meetings than our competitors. We travelled the world explaining in vivid detail why, in our view, a World Cup in Qatar made more sense than anywhere else."

It also stressed that Bin Hammam, although Qatari, was not part of its bid team and that it had "strictly adhered" to FIFA rules when bidding.

Last week, a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Qatar would be facing a loss to its economy of around $16 billion if FIFA decided to strip the country of the 2022 World Cup as a result of recent bribery allegations.

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Leslie 6 years ago

If Qatar wins the bid would visiting women be expected to wear the traditional fashions of the land?

who2 6 years ago

Two more months to bury other bits of the report.

Nothing changes in FIFA.

Paul Glover 6 years ago

Leslie, if you visited Qatar now, you'd realise they don't do this now so no need in the future. However, it is an Islamic Country, so to understand this is a start, and to show respect, as you would do elsewhere in the World is just common curtesy and respect.

Roamer 6 years ago

"...why, ...... , a World Cup in Qatar made more sense than anywhere else". Actually it makes no sense at all for the players or supporters. It is nobody's best interest except the administrators maybe.

John Degrelle 6 years ago

No but there will be no street parties, no drinking (outside of a few hotel establishments), high risk for arrests due to unpreparedness by foreign tourists. Despite the heat a modest, long sleeve and trouser or long dress code will be demanded. They better start building prisons next to each stadium to ensure no one violates the codes. Not the most fun world cup if you ask me. What a contrast it will be with the amazing party in Brazil!

Spikeyspike 6 years ago

During the weeks of the world cup - temperatures reached between 44 degrees and 52, with high humidity, poor visibility and impossible to stay outside! Just cannot see how fans/players will survive in stadiums - outside parties?? not in a month of Sundays! And what ever are they going to do in-between matches ... not much to see or do in such small place!!

Matt 6 years ago

True, but we are residents in Qatar and although they are more liberal and open-minded than most of their counterparts regionally (except for UAE ofcourse), they have started having decrees which require women to not wear skirts and tights and abstaining men from wearing shorts!
That is really tough when the weather hits 50 degrees and most places don't have car parks or residents don't have the luxury of private drivers

Philip 6 years ago

FIFA made Brazil change the law regarding sale of alcohol, which was banned in stadiums, as Budweiser is a major sponsor. FIFA always gets it way especially if it is going to effect revenue for the great non profit organisation (sarcasm)
How is Qatar going to deal with this very basic matter? Will they accept that certain laws will have to be relaxed or ignored for the duration of the tournament if it goes ahead.
Players complained of the heat and fatigue in Brazil, which was very pleasant in comparison to what they will face in Doha. I am still very sceptical with regards to Qatar's claims about cooling the stadiums. Also what are they going to do cool practice fields , fan zones etc..