By Neil Halligan
Ethics judge Hans Joachim-Eckert said only him and his deputy will get to read the 350-page report
FIFA will never publish the £6 million ($9.7 million) report into
alleged corruption in the bidding to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, according
to report in the Sunday Times newspaper.
The football body's top ethics judge, Hans
Joachim-Eckert told the newspaper that he would personally ensure that the
350-page report, along with the 200,000 pages of evidence, would never be
The German judge said that he and his
deputy would be the only people to read the report, and said that FIFA rules
prohibited him from making the report public to anyone, including FIFA’s
president, Sepp Blatter, and all its 27 executive members.
The vow of silence provoked fury from
campaigners who have sought to clean up FIFA and increase transparency at the
Swiss-based footballing body.
John Whittingdale, chairman of the UK’s
Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: “The one thing we’ve always
been told by FIFA is that there would be a proper investigation and we should
wait for the Garcia report. But if the Garcia report is going to be buried so
that we have no idea what the conclusions are, it will leave the reputation of
FIFA in pieces. It confirms what we have long suspected, that all FIFA is
interested in is burying this whole matter and sweeping the evidence under the
The Sunday Times published a series of
stories earlier this year claiming that Mohamed Bin Hammam, a former FIFA
executive member for Qatar, made payments totalling $5 million to football bosses to
secure support for the Qatari bid.
The official Qatar World Cup bid has always
strongly denied that Bin Hammam was working on its behalf.
Well done FIFA for proving you are consistently shameless.
If FIFA doesn't ever publish that, it somehow proves what is perceived by the general public as the truth.
As one of my friends in the UK would say: "How utterly true!"
So the sham continues......on and on.....and on and on....
well at least this should ensure that the transparency that FIFA are (in)Famous for is maintained. Will wait for a wikileaks leak.
FIFA's behaviour would bring a flush to the cheeks of the New York Mafia !
The football body's top ethics judge, Hans Joachim-Eckert
Spot the contradiction.
It's about time FIFA was disbanded, they are a disgrace to football and the longer they are allowed to continue the longer football as a sport is degraded. The funniest part about this disgusting farce is that Blatter is supposed to also be denied access to the report....really!!!!
Enough is enough, get rid of FIFA as all they stand for is a devine monopoly immune to all wrong doings. In this day and age they should not exist.
Barely passed without comment from governments of the world. Just sad
That explains why Qatar was confident that their "image" would not be affected.
Money talks louder than merit... the sad world we live!
King of Qatar meets FIFA chief in Zurich last week.
Could this be a reason for the resolute decision of FIFA???
just wondering aloud....