Garcia to appeal report clearing bidding process
LONDON: Michael Garcia, chairman of the investigating chamber of Fifa’s ethics committee, plans to appeal against the report by world soccer’s ruling body into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, he said yesterday.
The tournaments are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after Fifa’s ethics committee said they could find no grounds for re-opening the controversial bidding process. “Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigating Chamber’s report. I intend to appeal this decision to the Fifa Appeal Committee,” Garcia said in a statement.
In a long-awaited report, the ethics committee said that “the various incidents which might have occurred are not suited to compromise the integrity of the Fifa World Cup 2018/2022 bidding process as a whole”.
Meanwhile, England’s Football Association has rejected the Fifa ethics committee report released yesterday which said they harmed the image of world soccer’s ruling body during the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bidding process.
Fifa criticised England’s bid for the 2018 tournament and suggested the FA had behaved improperly when trying to win the backing of former Fifa vicepresident Jack Warner, who quit his role in 2011 amid bribery allegations.
“We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England’s bid or any of the individuals involved,” an FA spokesman said. “We conducted a transparent bid and, as the report demonstrates with its reference to the England bid team’s ‘full and valuable cooperation’, willingly complied with the investigation.” – Reuters