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FIFA to Complete Investigation Next Week Into Qatar’s Alleged Cash-For-Votes Campaign to Win World Cup 2022

FIFA investigator and New York lawyer Michael Garcia will complete his investigation into alleged corruption involved in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments next week, and will hand over his findings to FIFA. The outcome of the investigation won’t be revealed until after the World Cup.

After an explosive story in The Sunday Times, the newspaper revealed that $5 million was allegedly paid by a Qatari official to high-ranking FIFA executives with the express purpose of influencing them to vote to award Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

If the investigation by Garcia results in FIFA admitting that the votes for the FIFA 2022 World Cup were influenced by Qatar, then it’s possible that FIFA will demand a revote.

“After months of interviewing witnesses and gathering materials, we intend to complete that phase of our investigation by June 9, 2014, and to submit a report to the Adjudicatory Chamber approximately six weeks thereafter,” Garcia said in a statement released by FIFA and referring to a FIFA panel.

“The report will consider all evidence potentially related to the bidding process, including evidence collected from prior investigations.”

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  1. mark

    June 3, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Fifa won’t do the right thing even though we all knew that they bought it.
    That country doesn’t deserve it and with all the dead workers and poor working conditions it looks really bad on Fifa. It’s just one big joke.

  2. R.O

    June 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    So now the real question is; what’s FIFA going to do about it? It’s kind of like the fox watching the hen house.

    FIFA should take the 2022 WC away from Qatar and either award it to the USA or Australia.

    It was noted in another post that it should go to England. Can’t be in same continent two WC’s in a row. As I understand it, the WC have to be rotated. It won’t be Mexico either as they’ve had 2 WC (1970 and 1986).

    Wonder if FIFA will take away the 2018 from Russia due to the Ukraine situation. Wonder if some European teams my boycott Russia due to Ukraine.

  3. rej4sl

    June 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Neither Qatar nor Russia should have got the world cup due to human rights violations and the inability to guarantee all visitors will be safe from prosecution or violence.
    Both should be awarded to other countries. Qatar will lose it most probably soon. thankfully.

    • cpox

      June 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Human right violations…honestly, show me one country which respects this. Maybe England in Falklands Island, UN forces in Rawanda, etc, etc. There are less people dying in Qatar today due to poor working conditions than those innocent people dead in the London Metro blast, the shootings in the US schools, due to IRA or ETA. Gents, you need to let your hate aside and be reasonable. If bribe is real, strip them off, but do not invoke reasons you might not know – have been working in Qatar for the last 10 years and never had to lock the door of my house. Do this anywhere else in the world if you dare. Looking forward for FIFA’s right decision.

  4. Rick

    June 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Punish Qatar for all the bribes and for the deaths of innoncent laborers due to lack of safety standards.
    Give the World Cup to either England or a joint bid from USA/Mexico. Stadiums are ready today.
    Show some guts FIFA!

    • Jake

      June 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Rick England is 2018 so you’d have to hope Russia gets it taken away.
      The USA, Australia, and Japan were the 3 closest after Qatar in the bidding in 2018. One of them should get it.
      Fifa won’t do the right thing even though we all knew that they bought it.
      That country doesn’t deserve it and with all the dead workers and poor working conditions it looks really bad on Fifa. It’s just one big joke.

    • San Fransiscan

      June 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Nothing is proven yet against Qatar.

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