Judge Eckert warns FIFA following Garcia investigation

Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:48am EDT
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By Joern Poltz

MUNICH (Reuters) - Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge deciding what action to take following FIFA's investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, said he doubted "if soccer and ethics can still fit together".

The Munich-based head of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Commission also had a warning for delegates attending FIFA's Ethics convention in Zurich on Friday at which he will make a speech on the subject.

"Many won't like what I am going to tell them," he told Reuters on Tuesday.

FIFA's investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the votes won by Russia and Qatar in December 2010 was delivered by New York attorney Michael Garcia at the beginning of this month.

"I am expecting a decision in a few months. I see the beginning of November when I am going to get ready," Eckert said.

"I am currently reading the 360 pages," he said, adding that he has also received some 200,000 other pages of documents relating to the case.

One matter Eckert did not address was whether he would make the report public, although he has been urged to do so by a number of FIFA executive committee members including Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and Moya Dodd of Australia.

Garcia's probe into the allegations of bribery lasted more than a year with hundreds of people involved in the bids for the two World Cups interviewed by his team of investigators.   Continued...

Hans-Joachim Eckert, Chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee attends a news conference at the at the Home of FIFA in Zurich July 27, 2012 REUTERS/Michael Buholzer