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FIFA Corruption: Shock: 5 Amazing Facts From Qatar And Russia’s World Cup Bids

by | 13th, November 2014

FIFA have investigated allegations that FIFA takes bribes – that the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and 2018 trough-fest to Russia are fixes. FIFA has been found by their own investigation to be cleaner than Mother Teresa’s laptop. The investigation also discovered:

FACT: The World Cup 2014 did not take place in Brazil

FACT: Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, looks terrific in body-hugging manmade fibres and if he were a female would be delighted to help the women’s game by wearing his tightest shorts on the field of play

FACT: It didn’t cross the line in 1966 and England are the cheating scum of the earth

FACT: Qatar is a long way from Switzerland, where the skiing is better

And then it happened.

World football’s governing body announced this morning that Michael Garcia’s investigation had brought a “degree of closure” to the controversial process that culminated in the vote to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively. However, Garcia, the former New York district attorney, responded at lunchtime by declaring that his findings had been misrepresented in the 42-page summary that was published this morning by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the head of the adjudicatory chamber committee.

Could anything change his mind. Anything? Really, anyTHING..?

Eckert, who had already warned that the full report would not be made public, said that any potential breaches of regulations by the winning Russian and Qatari bids were of “very limited scope”, while the unsuccessful English bid was criticised for the way it sought to curry favour with Jack Warner, the disgraced former Fifa vice-president.

Says Garcia:

“Today’s decision by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the investigatory chamber’s report,” Garcia said. “I intend to appeal this decision to the Fifa appeals committee.”…

The statement itself accuses those involved in the England 2018 bid of violating rules in its attempts to win the vote of Warner, who has since been suspended from all football-related activity over corruption charges.

Eckert said that Warner had been “showering the [English] bid team with inappropriate requests” and that in several cases these were accommodated. He added: “England’s response to Mr Warner’s – improper – demands … damaged the integrity of the ongoing bidding process, yet such damage was again of rather limited extent.”

Damian Collins MP, who has been leading a campaign for greater transparency in football governance, immediately expressed his dissatisfaction with Fifa’s findings and questioned the legitimacy of the process. “It is a whitewash,” Collins said. “Fifa are trying to con people that there has been a proper independent inquiry when there hasn’t.”

Sepp Blatter is 28.

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