No surprise – FIFA whitewashes itself and Qatar but their investigator dissents

UPDATE!!

It seems FIFA’s conclusions are not even shared by their own investigaor:

BBC: The findings of Fifa’s inquiry into allegations of corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups have been questioned – by the man who conducted the two-year investigation into the claims.

In an unexpected twist, lawyer Michael Garcia says the report “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions”.


 

There is something very unedifying – but quite unsurprising – about an organisation investigating itself and finding that it has done no wrong.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have the greatest number of deaths per goal of any World Cup. I have little doubt that Qatar “bought” the right to stage the championship even though the FIFA technical assessment had been against the choice. It was not the first time and it will not be the last. There is too much money at stake for FIFA to change the venue now and no doubt the Winter Olympics will have to be shifted to allow a winter championship. (Even the Qataris themselves don’t quite believe in air-conditioned stadiums!).

What is particularly disingenuous about this FIFA investigation is that not only have they cleared Qatar (and Russia!?) of bribing their way but they also pronounce strictures on the English FA for rather trivial transgressions as a punishment for pushing the whole matter. FIFA does not take kindly to criticism and Blatter has a reputation for being somewhat vindictive.

Ah well!

FIFA maintains and perpetuates its highly dubious reputation.

BBC:

The English Football Association has been accused of damaging the image of Fifa and flouting bidding rules in its attempt to stage the 2018 World Cup.

A Fifa report says the FA behaved improperly when trying to win the backing of a key voter.

However, Qatar have been cleared of any wrongdoing during their successful bid to stage the 2022 World Cup, thus ending talks of a possible re-vote.

The Gulf state had faced a number of corruption allegations.

The news that the FA has come in for criticism is a surprise given that it has repeatedly called for transparency in the voting process and accused Fifa of not doing enough to stamp out corruption.

The FA is accused of trying to “curry favour” with former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, who quit his role in 2011 amid bribery allegations

Move on now. No surprises here.

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