Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Report: FIFA Plotted to Throw Out Ethics Enforcer
Guardian, March 25th, 2014 2:01PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  fifa, world cup 2018, world cup 2022

MOST COMMENTED

The Guardian is reporting on Tuesday that members of FIFA’s executive committee considered a plot to remove Michael Garcia, the former FBI investigator who now heads the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, after he turned up unannounced in Zurich last week to speak to those members of the executive committee who were around during the controversial bidding process that led to FIFA awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

According to the report, some members of the 24-man executive committee were unsettled by Garcia’s presence and even sought to have him forcibly removed from his position. But FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce, Britain’s executive committee representative, said that the plan was never raised officially, and that had it been, he would have been forced to reconsider his own position at the world governing body organization. "It is something that did go on but I don't know who was involved. There was a bit of informal chit chat," Boyce said. In a statement, he added: “If this had been proposed at the exco meeting or I thought for one moment Garcia would be removed in any fashion from carrying out his full investigation, I and others would be aghast and would have had to consider our positions because things at FIFA have been improving greatly."

Indeed, according to the report, some executive committee members believe that removing Garcia would have cast FIFA in an even worse light. FIFA saw its reputation suffer after awarding the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in 2010 to Russia and Qatar, respectively, amid allegations that votes were bought by the prospective event organizers from members of FIFA’s executive committee. In the wake of the scandal, several former FIFA members, including Jack Warner and Mohammed Bin Hammam, either stepped down or were forced out of the organization.

The FIFA ethics committee was instated in 2011 to prevent potential vote-rigging from occurring in the future, while Garcia was appointed in 2012 as the committee’s enforcer.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
Dick Advocaat Takes Serbia Helm    
Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose resume includes stints as coach of the Netherlands, South Korea, PSV Eindhoven ...
Arsenal Buys Teen Defender for $27 million    
Arsenal has signed England U-19 defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for about $27 million. The 19-year-old ...
Schweinsteiger Says Sorry for Insulting Song    
World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized after a video appeared of ...
Lionel Messi Not Clear of Tax Trouble    
Despite the prosecutor arguing in June that his father Jorge was responsible for the family's finances ...
Ranieri Named Greece Coach     
Claudio Ranieri on Friday signed a two-year deal to manage Greece. The 62-year-old Italian replaces Fernando ...
West Ham's Carroll to Miss Four Months    
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to miss up to four months after suffering ankle ...
Pinto Quits Costa Rica     
Jorge Luis Pinto, who guided Costa Rica to a surprise quarterfinal finish at the World Cup ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives