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Qatar/Russia World Cup bidding investigation delayed until September

Jul 21, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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The cynic in each of us probably read that headline as, “Qatar/Russia World Cup bidding investigation delayed until forever,” but it’s merely being put off until September.

Lawyer Michael Garcia has been leading the investigation and was set to unveil his findings late this month, but now the news is being postponed until September.

That’s probably neither a good sign for FIFA, nor for organizers in Qatar and Russia. While it’s possible Garcia has just been hampered by other important lawyering duties, it’s also very difficult to imagine he’s saying, “Look, everything here looks pristine and devoid of tomfoolery. But I’m going to dig a little more just in case. Give me a month. Ish. Monthish.”

It’s also probably hard to get information in Russia right about now, too, what with it being a hot bed for world news.

From the BBC:

Fifa’s ethics committee say they now expect the report to be delivered to ethics judge Joachim Eckert by the “first week of September 2014”.

The Qatar 2022 bid committee is facing allegations of corruption, but has denied any wrongdoing.

The Sunday Times alleged in June that Qatar’s former Fifa vice-president, Mohamed bin Hammam, paid £3m to football officials around the world in return for support of the Qatari bid.

Maybe he’s just generous. Ever think of that, “The Sunday Times”?!?

So that’s the latest news on the World Cup’s tenuous tournaments in Europe and Asia. So much fun, so much joy.

  1. mazblast - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    My cynical translation of this development is, “We’re in negotiations right now as to my price for delivering a clean sheet for FIFA, and the b***ards are being cheap about it, so we’ll keep haggling.”

  2. granadafan - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Like FIFA would actually want the World Cup in Qatar without the bribes.

  3. 4thquartermagic - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    This is just posturing by Garcia.

    Leaks this report and the price for his silence will get higher then a balmy 123 degree Qatar afternoon.

  4. jhnyr45 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM


  5. lilgurgi - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Whether or not he’s paid off, FIFA will look down their nose at the report and refuse to admit any wrongdoing. I highly doubt they will move either World Cup as it would just confirm that they are as corrupt as many in the world already think they are.

  6. some1kj - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Why on earth FIFA should be rewarding Russia with the 2018 World Cup in light of Putin’s criminal actions in the Ukraine and the shooting down of a civilian airline? Both choices of the next two World Cup venues are so corrupt. FIFA should have the spine to pull the World Cup from Russia and Qatar, right now.

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