FIFA investigator delivers report on Qatar and Russia World Cup bids
Garcia recommended that further action be taken against certain individuals
The report that could derail Qatar’s plans to host the 20122 World Cup has finally made it to FIFA after a yearlong investigation.
Ethics Lawyer Michael Garcia handed the world football body his findings after he and his team interviewed more than 75 witnesses, FIFA said on Friday.
Garcia also recommended that further action be taken against certain individuals, the BBC reported.
The lawyer has investigated all persons involved in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.
FIFA awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup at the same time that Russia was handed the 2018 tournament.
Although German Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert will lead the adjudicatory chamber that will determine whether any foul play was involved, he is not authorized to reverse the decision to hand the tournament to Qatar or Russia.
Garcia’s findings are not expected to be disclosed to the public.
Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, has said that only his ruling executive committee has the authority to alter hosting decisions.
"The report sets forth detailed factual findings; reaches conclusions concerning further action with respect to certain individuals; identifies issues to be referred to other FIFA committees; and makes recommendations for future bidding processes," the BBC quoted FIFA as saying.
FIFA will hold its third-quarter meeting on Sept. 26 in Zurich.
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