FIFA to Review 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bids

By iSportconnect | January 25, 2013

FIFA will conduct a review of the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively.

Former England 2018 bid leader Lord Triesman alleged that bribes had been sought by members of FIFA during the bidding process that saw Russia awarded the tournament.

The 2022 competition in Qatar has generated questions around the countries high heats and laws restricting the consumption of alcohol.

Now the FIFA Ethics Investigator, purchase Michael Garcia has said the allegations will be looked in to. Garcia said: “”As has been publicly announced, certain allegations regarding events surrounding the bidding for the World Cup 2018 and 2022 were referred to the ethics committee by FIFA following media reports.

“We intend to conduct a thorough review of those allegations, including the evidentiary basis for and credibility of any allegations of individual misconduct.”

A FIFA statement confirmed Garcia would report on his findings in March at a meeting in Zurich, where he will also present his findings on the 2001 collapse of marketing agency ISL and the payment of kickbacks to FIFA members.