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FIFA delays Qatar 2022 report

Qatar''s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, Russia''s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (r) and FIFA President Sepp Blatter hold a copy of the World Cup after the announcements.

To be submitted in September, won’t release the results

The delivery date for FIFA prosecutor Michael García’s report into alleged World Cup bidding corruption has been delayed by several weeks. FIFA says the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber expects to submit its report in September.

ZURICH — An investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, initially scheduled for completion this month, is only likely to be finished in September, FIFA said in a statement yesterday.

“We expect to deliver our report to the adjudicatory chamber by the first week of September 2014,” said a statement issued by FIFA on behalf of its ethics committee yesterday.

FIFA confirmed that the investigation’s report, due to be submitted in September, will only be shared with the ethics committee.

“We have no update concerning the delivery of the report of the investigatory chamber of the independent ethics committee,” said a FIFA spokesman.

“Please note that in accordance with Arts. 28 and 36 of the FIFA Code of Ethics the report will be handed over to the adjudicatory chamber but only the final decision of the adjudicatory chamber may be made public.”

Former United States attorney Michael García has been leading an internal probe by FIFA’s ethics committee into allegations of corruption in the run-up to the vote in December 2010, which awarded the tournament to the Gulf state.

García, who began his investigation 18 months ago, had said in June that he expected to deliver his report by around the end of this month. When complete, García’s report will be handed to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, and if he finds corruption, Qatar could face a challenge to its position as host either through a re-vote or other processes.

Shortly before the World Cup in Brazil, Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that some of the “millions of documents” it had seen linked payments by former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam to officials to win backing for Qatar’s World Cup bid.

Qatar has denied all allegations of corruption.

FIFA has been rocked by allegations of bribery and vote trading in the selection of Russia as host of the 2018 World Cup and Qatar as the host for 2022. Multiple members of FIFA’s executive committee have resigned or been banned from soccer for their conduct in the voting for the two tournaments, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar in 2011. And still, more allegations of impropriety have come from media investigations recently, with bid officials offering bribes to win votes in their pursuit of hosting the World Cup. Nearly all of the media investigations have been about the 2022 World Cup and Qatar’s conduct.

Herald staff with Reuters

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