FIFA lodge criminal complaint over World Cup bids

According to BBC Sport, FIFA have lodged a complaint against two personnel involved in the 2018 & 2022 World Cup bidding process.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is said to have made the decision after talks with judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, whose recently released report cleared Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 & 2022 World Cups respectively.

Eckert has been quoted as saying: “There is insufficient incriminating evidence to call into question the whole bidding process.”

His report contained the work of lawyer Michael Garcia, hired to investigate any corruption into the World Cup bidding process, who criticised the FIFA documents, calling them fabricated from the facts he had compiled.

Many have called for Garcia’s own finding to be released, but Blatter is reticent to give into their demands, stating: “If Fifa were to publish the report, we would be violating our own association law as well as state law. If we had anything to hide, we would hardly be taking this matter to the Office of the Attorney General.”

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