Federation Internationale de Football Association releases 2018, 2022 World Cup bids probe report


They can not come at a worse time for Russian Federation, whose doping scandal has now hit close to home with reports that its entire 2014 World Cup team is under investigation, and Qatar, which is in a diplomatic fight for its life with rival Gulf states who accuse it of being too close to Iran and sponsoring terrorism.

"Even though the travel and accommodation costs for FIFA ExCo Members (partly accompanied by their families) were fully assumed by the Russia Bid Committee, such cost coverage was acceptable under the FIFA Rules of Conduct in force at the relevant time", the report said.

Voting swapping violates "anti-collusion rules", according to the report.

Chung allegedly promised to cast a vote for England on condition the English delegation returned the favor and backed South Korea as 2022 World Cup host.

The 2018 event was awarded to Russia while Qatar will controversially hold the 2022 spectacle
The 2018 event was awarded to Russia while Qatar will controversially hold the 2022 spectacle

He quit in protest when the organisation only released a 42-page summary of his document. They reveal questionable conduct on the part of Australian football officials and their hired consultants.

Mr. Eckert, who had said privacy concerns had made publication of the report "impossible", and Mr. Borbély, the investigator who had replaced Garcia, were removed from their posts earlier this year.

"While the bidding process itself, and the attitude of entitlement and expectation demonstrated by certain Executive Committee members in the exchanges discussed in detail above, place the bid team in a hard position that fact does not excuse all of the conduct".

The SFO, in October 2015, had a team of five going through more than 1,600 documents provided by the Football Association relating to England's failed 2018 bid.

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On that occasion football officials raised "the possibility of arranging a meeting with the Queen for one Fifa representative whose vote could have helped England", adds the paper. That misconduct was exacerbated when he forwarded those communications to the bid team members in order to demonstrate his "insider" status.

Garcia does at least give Thompson some credit for owning up.

"We have been saying the same thing for the past six years".

FIFA, the entity that controls world football, is far from a corruption-free entity.

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"The record provides significant evidence that the $500,000 was paid with the intention of influencing Mr Warner's World Cup vote".

The half a million dollars was placed in a bank account controlled by Warner and Garcia found no evidence of the funds being used for the Centre of Excellence. "Whether the bid team knew Mr Warner would later misappropriate the money or that the COE (centre of excellence) project itself was designed for such purposes by Mr Warner does not change these facts".

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