FIFA clarifies situation over 2022 bids investigation
FIFA has clarified that Michael Garcia is Chairman of its Independent Ethics Committee and as such, it has no say over whether an official investigation will be launched into the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup. Last week, WSLR reported FIFA’s insistence that no formal investigation into the bidding process is underway. This has not changed.
However since then, it has been reported that Garcia will be visiting all the bidders connected to the 2022 World Cup to assess whether there is a case to launch an investigation into the bidding process. “Michael Garcia is the Chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee”, said a FIFA spokesperson. “As such, we kindly ask you to directly contact his office”. WSLR is awaiting a reply.
The Independent Ethics Committee was formed last year, along with a new Code of Ethics. Garcia hinted that it may look at the 2022 voting process during May’s FIFA Congress. The Independent Ethics Committee is funded by FIFA.