FIFA Investigation Into Bidding Process For World Cup 2018 and 2022 Delayed

FIFA’s official investigation into the World Cup bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar has been delayed until September of this year.

Initially due to be submitted during this month, FIFA’s ethics committee now say they expect the report to be ready in the first week of September 2014.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been shrouded in controversy, with this investigation targeting former FIFA vice-president, Mohamed bin Hammam, who has been alleged to pay over £3m to officials for their support of the Qatari bid in The Sunday Times.

Qatar had very little in the form of developed World Cup appropriate stadia, especially compared to the more established bids from Australia, the United States and Japan. Qatar also promised radical ways of overcoming temperatures that can often sore to over 50°C (over 120 °F), such as air conditioned stadium, which has since been thought impossible to achieve.

Beyond this, numerous reports of several workers dying in the World Cup construction process has raised questions not just over the World Cup’s location, but the nation’s labor laws as a whole. Cultural differences to much of the footballing world have also raised concerns about the eligibility of the country.

If there were negative findings within this report, one could suggest that releasing this information in September, rather than just after the hugely successful World Cup in Brazil could well soften the blow. However, theories aside, this delay does absolutely nothing to help FIFA’s already abject image. With FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce and former attorney general Lord Goldsmith being among a host of people calling for the re-run of the 2022 vote, and UEFA’s own Michel Platini being very critical of FIFA, delaying the findings of this process will only intensify the calls for action from people all across the sport. Rightly so, we say.

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11 thoughts on “FIFA Investigation Into Bidding Process For World Cup 2018 and 2022 Delayed”

  1. Several workers dying? More like dying in scores. Thousands will have died by the time the first ball is kicked. Several is a gross understatement here.

  2. Keep in mind, if FIFA does change things up for 2022, it won’t be simple. Some people in Qatar will want some money back. Regardless of what they do, they need to spin this.

  3. Surely, no one, other than FIFA themselves, would pretend to believe any internal investigation would be fair and/or transparent.

    FIFA … ethics … in the same sentence?

  4. If currencies of particular countries were used in these questionable dealings, shouldn’t the Justice Departments of these nations become automatically involved? Why is media concentrating on the internal FIFA investigation? Shouldn’t external regulatory and investigative bodies be asked to look into this?

    1. Remember the recent Nigeria situation anyone who investigates FIFA risks suspension from FIFA. That would be government interference.

      1. No it would not. There is a difference between governments interfering directly with local soccer entities and law enforcement bodies conducting investigations if crimes are suspected to have occurred.

        FIFA cannot sanction member nations for conducting legal investigations of citizens who just happen to be FIFA officials.

  5. Boycott Russia in 2018 because of continued state sponsored terrorism & Qatar in 2022 because of the human rights violations and rigged voting process then Hand the tournaments to England and USA respectively.

  6. I’ll bet fox is really happy they spent all that money on these two tournaments. Bad locales, bad broadcast times, competition from other sports. Just what they deserve.

    Not to worry, though, about the investigation. Just as soon as Grandpa figures out a way to extort a few more Euro from someone, all will be shoved under the carpet as old news. And let’s not forget that Meechelle voted in favor of Gutter.

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