Russia and Qatar could lose World Cups

Russia and Qatar could lose the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively if evidence emerges of bribery, leading FIFA official Domenico Scala has said.

The countries deny wrongdoing in their bidding processes and Scala admits he has not seen evidence of corruption.

Scala is the head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee.

But he said: “Should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the awards could be cancelled.”

Speaking to Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung, he added: “Until today, the respective evidence has not been provided.”

Scala made similar comments at the end of 2013, but in light of events at FIFA in the past two weeks this will be viewed as a more serious warning.

Seven senior FIFA officials were arrested in a high-profile dawn raid at a Zurich hotel on 27 May and are among 14 indicted by the US Department of Justice on charges they received more than $150m (£100m) in bribes.

Swiss authorities have also launched a separate criminal investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated.

American lawyer Michael Garcia was previously hired by FIFA to investigate the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes.

In November, findings from his two-year inquiry were released by FIFA as a summary of his full 430-page report, but Garcia complained their representation of his work was “erroneous”.

The report cleared World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing.

Garcia quit weeks later over FIFA handling of his inquiry and his comments reopened the debate about the validity of the bidding process.

Scala has since had Garcia’s report reviewed by legal experts both in sport and outside of sport but neither were able to find grounds to alter the award of either tournament at this stage.

10 Responses to Russia and Qatar could lose World Cups

  1. Patrick Blackman June 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Who cares about these corrupt organizations, nothing new here. The only reason this is in news is because it impacted Israel, now the vote to boot them out of soccer for life will not proceed, create the distraction and we will all fall for it.

    • harry turnover June 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      You don’t see that you are the ONLY stupid person talking about Israel and distraction.

  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock June 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Great for the sports!

    • Rawle Maycock
      Rawle Maycock June 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Terry, it’s not about owenerhip it’s about curruption, bribes, fraud and the laundering of money, nothing to do who’s the owners.

    • Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus
      Shaneza Sharmila Bacchus June 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Not to mention hosting in countries that are infamous for human rights abuses. Russia and Qatar… seriously?! If those two cities host I will not be watching a single game.

  3. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt June 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    That would be so wrong. All World Cups are won by bribes

  4. Alex Alleyne June 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Which sporting body is next ? .

  5. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren June 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Will never happen so wouldn’t worry.

  6. seagul June 8, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Michael Brown, Eric Garner just two of the thousands whose human rights abused each year. The plantations of the NFL and NBA, Baseball are ten times more corrupt than FIFA.


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