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Volume: 12 Issue: 12
(December 2014)

Keywords:
governance fif corruption allegations swiss justice reforms since publication hans-joachim eckert summary findings michael garcia report corruption allegations connection 2018

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Governance: FIFA corruption allegations and Swiss justice reforms

Since the publication of Hans-Joachim Eckert's summary of the findings of Michael Garcia's report into corruption allegations in connection to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process, there have been suggestions that FIFA has not done enough to tackle the issue. FIFA has argued that its Code of Ethics, which insists on the confidentiality of investigations, prevents it from publishing the full report; and that full publication would violate Swiss State law. It has, however, recommended criminal investigations into some individuals named in the report, but the details of such investigations are likely to remain confidential unless criminal charges are proven. Raphael Steele, a Trainee Solicitor with Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, examines whether FIFA's defences hold true and how its conduct could affect Switzerland's incorporation of organisations such as FIFA into a new private bribery offence, which the Swiss parliament was voting on at time of press.

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