Report: FBI continuing investigation into possible FIFA corruption

Thursday November 13th, 2014

FBI investigators are ramping up their investigation into potential corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, according to a report from CNN.

The FBI investigation could trigger charges being brought against senior FIFA officials, according to the report. The FBI's probe has been ongoing for three years. 

FIFA on Thursday released a 42-page summary of the report written by Michael Garcia, who chairs the FIFA ethics committee's investigatory chamber.

The world soccer governing body has said the report cannot be published in full.

WAHL: FIFA report clears Russia, Qatar; omits some of Garcia's probe

FIFA found that the hosting rights of Qatar and Russia are not in danger and said that its investigation into the two World Cup bids is closed. Other findings contained in the summary are detailed here.

After the summary was released, Garcia suggested the summary did not suitably represent the findings in the report.

“Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in [my] report," Garcia said in the statement. "I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”

A U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that the 2018 and 2022 bidding process are among the "variety of alleged corruption issues" the probe is looking into and that a former FIFA official, Chuck Blazer, has provided the FBI with recordings of meetings and documents. 

• ​​WAHL: 13 U.S. senators write to Gulati, Blatter opposing WWC turf

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