The FBI is reportedly ramping up its investigation into potential corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and according to CNN, the investigation, which has been going on for three years, could trigger charges being brought against senior FIFA officials.
While FIFA on Thursday released a 42-page summary of the report written by Michael Garcia, chair of FIFA’s ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, the world soccer governing body has said the report cannot be published in full. That said, the summary found that the hosting rights of Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 were largely not corrupted, so FIFA considers the case closed.
However, Garcia suggested the summary did not suitably represent the findings in the report, saying in a statement: “Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in [my] report," Garcia said in the statement. "I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”