FIFA May Share World Cup Probe Data With Top BoardChristopher Elser
The executive committee of soccer’s governing body may get more information from the probe into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups as the board considers rules to avoid future controversies, FIFA said.
Former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia led an investigation into the winning bids by Russia and Qatar for the next two events after allegations of vote trading and other rule breaches. He disagreed with German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert’s summary of his findings, and the two men met yesterday in Zurich to discuss the situation. FIFA released their statement.
The chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee will get full copies of their reports, and will decide what to share with the executive committee as it considers changes to protect future bidding, Garcia and Eckert said in the statement.
“Both chairmen agreed that it is of major importance that the FIFA executive committee has the information necessary to evaluate which steps are required based on the work done by the FIFA ethics committee,” the pair said.
Eckert last week published a 42-page summary of Garcia’s report, which runs to hundreds of pages, and said there wasn’t enough evidence to reopen the 2010 hosting votes. Eckert said Garcia’s report indicated several violations of regulations had taken place.
FIFA said three days ago that some soccer officials involved in the vote may face criminal charges after the ruling body lodged a complaint with Swiss authorities.
The soccer ruling body said in a statement then that the complaint was about “the possible misconduct of individual persons” in connection with the process, without identifying those accused.
Zurich-based FIFA has faced criticism since its vote on where the $5 billion World Cup should be played following allegations of improper conduct against several officials involved in the decision.
“The investigatory chamber has already opened a number of formal cases against individuals,” Garcia and Eckert said. “Neither the recent referral of the reports to the Swiss Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office nor the request to the chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee will interfere with those ongoing proceedings.”