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FIFA Refuses To Examine New Evidence Of Alleged Bribes Offered By Qatar to Win World Cup 2022 Bid

In a shocking revelation, The Guardian newspaper reports that Michael Garcia, FIFA’s lead ethics investigator, has opted not to examine documents revealed in The Sunday Times explosive report. Garcia is in the process of finishing a comprehensive report on the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and the allegations of bribery.

It appears with fresh evidence that could give more clarity to the situation, FIFA is more interested in imposing its own arbitrary deadline than getting to the bottom of the evidence in this matter. Examination of the new evidence would only delay release of the report by a few weeks but FIFA seems determined to shove the issue under the rug once the 2014 World Cup begins on June 12.

According to The Guardian newspaper,

“But the fact that Garcia will not properly analyze the evidence from the Sunday Times database, which will form the basis of further allegations about the Qatar bid in the weeks to come, will raise concerns that he has already formed a view.

“Jim Murphy, the shadow secretary for international development, said: ‘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.’

“Meanwhile, Michel Platini, the president of the European football federation, Uefa, is discussing the possibility of leading a sit-down protest when Blatter announces his intention to stand again as Fifa’s president in Brazil next week.

“Platini, who is increasingly considered unlikely to challenge Blatter for the top job, may ask the heads of the 54 European FAs to remain seated when the majority of the other 155 Fifa members rise to acclaim the announcement as a means of registering disapproval at Blatter’s decision to stand for a fifth term despite earlier promising to stand down.”

One thing is for sure. Life is never dull at FIFA headquarters.

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  1. David

    June 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Unless a huge group of countries get together and stage a boycott, it’s going to continue to be business as usual with FIFA. I definitely don’t see a boycott happening. The heads of some of these FIFA Confederations are just as corrupt as FIFA itself.

  2. Justin

    June 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

    How about this: The USA starts planning to host the WC 2022 (hell, we could hold the tournament tomorrow).

    The WC in 1994 was one of the most profitable ever. After expenses are paid, share profits with participating countries… as a bribe.

    Two can play that game.

  3. Cody (#2)

    June 3, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Did we actually expect FIFA to self report corruption & human rights violations?

  4. Martin J.

    June 3, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Bribery concerning the World Cup and the Olympics is nothing new. It is well known that every country is involved in it to get the votes they need. Nothing new here.

  5. R.O

    June 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    As I posted on another article about this on this site: “It’s the fox guarding the house.”

    FIFA will do nothing. The only way the 2022 WC won’t be played in Qatar is if the European Teams balk at playing in Dec-Jan-Feb due to league and boycott.

    The former Head of FIFA (Brazilian Havenlage) and his son-in law were found to be involved in some type of corruption too involving pay offs.

  6. Todd

    June 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    What difference does any of this make, to be honest? Perhaps I’m being too cynical, but reports and papers mean nothing to these people. They have their heads buried so deep that the only thing they could ever listen to is a mass boycott.
    So long as stadiums are being filled and FIFA’s pockets are being lined, then there will be no change. Say Blatter is kicked out, what difference would it make? He would just be replaced by another rich so-and-so who will continue with the status quo. We should not even care where the World Cup goes. FIFA is the only one making any money off of this tournament. Host nations get the “honor” of hosting meaning that they get to spend millions of dollars on bribing FIFA officials then millions more to build stadiums and meet FIFA requirements. Then FIFA gets to take home the majority of profits from the matches they put on.

    It is unfortunate. I wish I could simply be a fan of sports, but no matter what, money is the name of the game now. For me, I would love to get all indignant over this, but what’s the point? All of this is just a fact of life and to think that soccer (or sports in general) is somehow above it all, is just being naive.

  7. Pakapala

    June 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    To be honest the most interesting tidbit of the Guardian article you are referring to is this:

    [[[Meanwhile, David Cameron, who was one of the so-called “three lions” involved in the final push in December 2010 for England’s doomed £21m bid to host the 2018 World Cup, said Garcia’s inquiry should be allowed to take its course.

    “We will see what happens with this inquiry into the World Cup. And who knows what the chances may be for the future,” the prime minister said.

    “There is an inquiry under way, quite rightly, into what happened in terms of the World Cup bid for 2022. We should let that inquiry take place rather than prejudge it.

    “My memories of that bidding process are not happy memories in terms of the way the whole thing was arranged and the role of Fifa.”

    Cameron said he, David Beckham and the Duke of Cambridge were assured by numerous Fifa members of their support.

    But in the end England secured only one vote among the 22 executive committee members apart from that of their own Fifa vice-president, Geoff Thompson.

    He added: “I’ll always remember Beckham saying to me afterwards: ‘I can cope with being lied to but I can’t cope with people lying to the prime minister and the future king’.”]]]

    What is ironic and obvious in this excerpt is that the Prime Minister admits that Prince William, Beckham and him had bought (or attempted to buy) “numerous Fifa members” votes, yet noone dared call him out on it.
    Mr Cameron, how did you get “assured by numerous Fifa members of their support”? Mr Cameron what was your meeting with FIFA members about? Mr Cameron, how did your final push went? What lead you to feel confident that you had secured numerous votes before the voting even happened?
    Let me take a wild guess: You and the other so-called lions just showed up in a room where you presented yourselves to eventual voters: “Hi we are the 3-Lions would you vote for us?”
    The exco members answered: “Yes Mr. Cameron, yes Mr. Williams, yes Mr. Beckham we will vote for you”.
    Of course nothing was promised in return, no bribery was necessary. Just showing your face was enough, I am sure.

  8. Smokey Bacon

    June 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    If you know anything about FIFA, then this news is not the least bit shocking at all.

    • jtm371

      June 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      I know it is not shocking they tried to not be so blatant in the past.

      Blatter and Bernie E have a lot in common if you know who Bernie E is. Both Crooks.

  9. jtm371

    June 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    fifa what a joke total disgrace huge money grab. they have to dodge the Brazil WC afraid it will not go off without a hitch. Blatter should be in prison blues.

  10. Mufc77

    June 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    It’s a disgrace if Blatter stays on for another term. The entire system is corrupt. One man shouldn’t have so much power over world football for so long.

    • Remy

      June 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Better the devil that you know than the one you don’t. Platini will be the only person opposing Blatter in the next FIFA election. Platini is way more corrupt than Blatter.

      This is from the Telegraph “Mr Platini’s son Laurent became the chief executive of Burrda, a Qatar owned sports company. He has always said that his son’s role was unconnected to his vote.”

      This is a link to the entire article:

      In addition to his shameless corruption, Platini is a dinosaur. He fought tooth and nails against goal line technology.

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