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Fifa will not disclose World Cup corruption report

Are we getting ready to see two World Cups without McDonalds or Coca Cola commercials?

According to FIFA, "The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden, has concluded that the appeal lodged by the chairman of the investigatory chamber, Michael J. Garcia, against the statement of the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, is not admissible."  FIFA taken this stance caused its official sponsors to voice concern and rumors have it some have abandoned relations with them.   This begs the question of whether or not FIFA is afraid to release any information that would indicate foul play in the bidding process for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022.  

According to Global Construction Review:

"Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark joined the UK in calling for a full disclosure of Garcia’s investigation. "

Timeline: A difficult four years:

  • 2 December 2010 - Russia and Qatar are chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
  • July 2012 – Fifa appoints former US attorney Michael J. Garcia to investigate allegations of corruption in world football.
  • 4 October 2013 - Fifa agrees to set up a taskforce to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
  • 1 June 2014 - The Sunday Times alleges that former Fifa vice-president, Mohamed bin Hammam, paid £3m to football officials in return for support for the Qatari bid.
  • 1 June 2014 - Qatar's 2022 bid committee issues a statement denying “all allegations of wrongdoing”.
  • 5 September 2014 - Michael Garcia submits his report.
  • 27 September 2014 - Fifa president Sepp Blatter rejects calls for the report to be made public.
  • 13 November 2014 - Fifa release a 42-page summary of the Garcia report which clears Russia and Qatar of corruption over their respective World Cup bids.
  • 13 November 2014 – Four hours later Michael Garcia claims the summary of his own report contains “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”.
  • 20 November 2014 - Garcia and Fifa ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert agree to release the full copy of the report to the organisation's compliance chief, Domenico Scala

It will be interesting to see what some of the European federations will do in the coming weeks and months.  

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