FIFA exco member wants ethics investigation made public

Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:52pm EDT
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By Brian Homewood

BERNE (Reuters) - The public has a "full right to know" the contents of the ethics investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday.

"In the interest of full transparency, I believe it is important that the much-anticipated report on the ethics investigation that is crucial to ensuring good governance at FIFA is fully disclosed and open to the public," he said on Twitter.

"This will only help the soccer community move ahead in reforming our institutions in the best interest of the sport," added Prince Ali, who is the Asian vice-president on the executive committee.

"The entire soccer family as well as its sponsors and those who follow the game worldwide have a full right to know the contents of the report in the spirit of complete openness."

FIFA's ethics committee is investigating whether there was any corruption in the turbulent bidding process four years ago which ended in the 2018 World Cup being awarded to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

Former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia, FIFA’s ethics investigator, recently completed his report but it has not been made public.

It is now being scrutinized by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee.

A final decision is not due until the spring and even then FIFA's ethics code, under a section entitled "confidentiality”, states that "only the final decisions already notified to the addressees may be made public."   Continued...

A man walks past a logo next to the main entrance of the Home of FIFA in Zurich October 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann