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Report: FIFA's Anti-Corruption Case in 'Disarray'

FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert and investigator Michael Garcia are meeting on Thursday to discuss the findings of Garcia’s investigation into the alleged corruption of the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, won by Russia and Qatar, respectively. As the AP reports, the case is in “disarray” with prosecutor Garcia saying that the full extent of the findings in his report were not disclosed to the public by Eckert.

Last Thursday, Garcia appealed to FIFA for what he described as “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations” of his work in Eckert's 42-page summary of judgment, which was disclosed to the public last week. Eckert and FIFA had both said that they could not legally publish Garcia’s report in full. FIFA then complicated matters on Tuesday by sending Garcia’s report to the Swiss attorney general in a criminal complaint against unnamed individuals implicated in the case.

The AP claims that strict Swiss privacy rules in criminal cases could give further protection against identification for current and former FIFA executive committee members targeted in the case. Besides appealing to FIFA, Garcia could also take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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2 comments about "Report: FIFA's Anti-Corruption Case in 'Disarray'".
  1. Doug Martin, November 20, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.

    But despite the idea FIFA has laws like a sovriegn state, the report and its ramifications are all within the house of soccer.

    This really means if person X took a bribe, they should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute...and a hearing by FIFA should be held. If the hearing body determines the charge is valid, they then apply a sanciton, it could be a fine ( for example to a club or National Assocation ) or could be fine to an individual, for example players can be fined for getting red card etc.

    If the determination is you fine someone and they refuse to pay or refuse to attend a hearing they are suspended from all soccer activity till they turn up to defend themselves, or if they have been found to have brought the game into disrepute they could be suspended for what ever time frame is in the statutes.

    Claiming Swiss law is a sham, this is not a legal case in a court of law yet.

    Once FIFA determines someone did bad, they need to determine in which country the bad was done...i.e. was the bribe given in Switzerland or in USA or in Zimbabwe or Trinidad and Tobago. Then FIFA should reasonably tell those countries that a person or entity contravened the local laws.

    If FIFA determines bribes were given to enough members of EXCO to swing the vote for Russia or Quatar, then the results of the bribbed/tainted election should be overturned in respect of the clarity of natural justice and in support of commercial law, that would state if the evaluation of who wins a contract with FIFA is tainted by bribes, the other bidders have legal right to overturn the bidding process and to seek damages for the cost of making a bid in good faith.

    The United Nations convention on Corruption celebrates on the 9th of December International Anti-Corruption Day, a great time to invite Sepp Blatter to the United Nations to speak about how he is ensuring FIFA is not a corrupt body, transgressing the values of the UN Convention.


  2. James Froehlich, November 20, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.

    I have submitted the following email to the US representative to the UN, Samantha Power. It would be great to flood the UN with similar requests regarding Sepp Blatter. C'mon you Facebook fanatics, do your thing!!!---------
    The world of soccer has again been shocked at the sheer arrogance of the corrupt leadership of this organization, FIFA. They seemingly reside outside the legal jurisdiction of any specific nation. In order to highlight the failings of this criminal consortium, it would be quite helpful to request that the president of FIFA make an appearance at the UN on your Anti-Corruption Day, December 9

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