World Cup 2018-2022 News Report-Information reaching Final Gist is that FIFA administrators have jointly accepted to release the most accurate version of the world cup news report on accusations of World Cup bidding corruption.
The world football’s governing body insisted that Russia and Qatar will be the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World cup respectively.
The FIFA president Sepp Blatter stated that he asked the executive committee to vote in favour of publishing the report with the needed information. According to him, he stated that they have always been determined that the truth should be told.
He went further to state thus:
That is, after all, why we set up an independent ethics committee with an investigatory chamber that has all necessary means to undertake investigations on its own initiative.”
Only a disputed summary of Michael Garcia’s 430-page report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been published.
Releasing the full report, which is likely to be heavily redacted to preserve witness confidentiality, is a change in Fifa policy.
However, it will only be published once ongoing investigations into five individuals are completed.
Those five are:
- Spaniard Angel Maria Villar, a Fifa vice-president;
- Belgian Michel D’Hooghe;
- Thailand’s Worawi Makudi;
- Former executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer;
- And former Chile football leader Harold Mayne-Nicholls.
“We need to ensure that we respect the rules of our organisation and that we do not breach confidentiality in a way that will prevent people from speaking out in the future,” added Blatter.
The 78-year-old Swiss insisted later that there was no reason for Russia and Qatar to lose their rights to stage future World Cups.
“At the current time, there is no reason to go back on our decisions,” he told a news conference, speaking in German.
“The two World Cups are in the calendar, the only thing missing is the precise dates for 2022, but these two World Cups will take place.”
Addressing Qatar specifically, he added that only an “earthquake” could change Fifa’s decision to hold the 2022 tournament in the Gulf state.
“It would really need an earthquake, extremely important new elements, to go back on this World Cup in Qatar,” he said.
Garcia was appointed Fifa’s independent ethics investigator in 2012 and spent two years investigating all nine bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups following claims of corruption and collusion.
The American lawyer travelled the world speaking to bid officials and appealing for evidence of wrongdoing.
He eventually submitted a report to Fifa in September 2014.
Fifa subsequently released a 42-page summary that cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption.
However, an unhappy Garcia claimed it was “incomplete and erroneous”.
Earlier this week, he resigned, citing “lack of leadership” at Fifa.
Blatter, seeking a fifth term as Fifa president, conceded his organisation had been “in a crisis” but insisted: “The crisis has stopped because we again have the unity in our government.”
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