BRING IT TO LIGHT

Qatar Today - - AFFAIRS > LOCAL -

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bid­ding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tour­na­ments, chaired by for­mer US at­tor­ney gen­eral Michael Gar­cia, has been sub­mit­ted to FIFA's Chief Judge Han­sJoachim Eck­ert, who will soon dole out sanc­tions, if needed.

Judge Eck­ert has said that, though the de­tails of the re­port will not be made pub­lic in ac­cor­dance with FIFA's pro­to­col, the “first pub­lic state­ment of our po­si­tion with re­gards to this re­port” will be made at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber. How­ever, a cho­rus of voices around the world, in­clud­ing Gar­cia's, has urged FIFA to make the find­ings pub­lic. FIFA's Asian Vice Pres­i­dent Prince Ali bin Al Hus­sein ex­pressed his wish on Twit­ter for the re­port to be pub­lished. “This will only help the foot­ball com­mu­nity move ahead in re­form­ing our in­sti­tu­tions in the best in­ter­est of the sport,” he said. Mean­while, FIFA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber Theo Zwanziger said that Qatar could be stripped of the tour­na­ment over the ex­treme heat in the coun­try. FIFA re­fused to com­ment on this, say­ing it was Zwanziger's per­sonal opin­ion.

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