- FIFA launches criminal complaint
- Football's world governing body lodges complaint in Switzerland
- Swiss Attorney General to examine matter
- Investigation against "individual persons"
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(CNN) -- The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has taken a new twist as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss judiciary Tuesday.
The complaint relates to the "international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities."
The FIFA statement added: "The subject of the criminal complaint is the possible misconduct of individual persons in connection with the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup."
FIFA lodged the complaint with the Attorney General of Switzerland in Berne on the recommendation of German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert -- FIFA's independent ethics adjudicator.
"I lodged the criminal complaint upon the recommendation of Judge Eckert," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.
"I cannot, however, comment on any possible criminal offenses. I am not a lawyer.
"I also was not the addressee of the investigatory report, which I have never seen. However, given Judge Eckert's recommendation, it was my duty -- as the President of FIFA -- to lodge the complaint."
Eckert's recommendation was based on the evidence compiled by Michael Garcia -- chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee -- who has been examining the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
However Blatter insisted there was no change to Eckert's statement "that the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is concluded."
Eckert, who is set to meet with Garcia on Thursday to discuss the report, says he came across "indications that pointed to suspected unlawful activity in connection with Switzerland."
He told FIFA's website: "In the circumstances, I saw it as my duty to bring this to the FIFA President's attention and to recommend to him that the Swiss criminal prosecution authorities be informed."
Eckert has been heavily criticized since publishing his 42-page summary into Garcia's 18-month investigation last Friday.
The German told reporters last week that he had been surprised by the strength of bad feeling surrounding his summary.
"I would like to point out that not once did my statement involve a so-called "whitewashing" of the award process with regard to the various allegations and assumptions made, contrary to what has been claimed in some quarters," he said.
"My statement was based on the Garcia report -- I can only work with the material contained in it, and in my view, there was insufficient clear evidence of illegal or irregular conduct that would call into question the integrity of the award process as a whole.
"However, in certain places, the report does indicate that further clarification is needed of certain circumstances. Much of this clarification work can be carried out by the FIFA Ethics Committee itself, while the remainder is the responsibility of the relevant national investigatory authorities."
With Garcia and Eckert set to discuss their differences over the summary on Thursday, Kevin Carpenter, who specializes in sports law for Kevin Hill Dickinson LLP, raised questions over the timing of the announcement.
"It's interesting that Garcia said his report had been misrepresented, yet Eckert decides to take evidence to the Swiss judiciary now," he told CNN.
"Why lodge the criminal complaint given they are meeting later this week?"
Carpenter also believes that Garcia, who has appealed to FIFA's appeal committee over the findings in Eckert's summary, could take his complaints further.
"Michael Garcia has referred the matter to the appeals committee, but if his complaint is rejected he could then go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is extremely thorough and can look at all the evidence.
"CAS' decision and reasoning would be made public. Names would have to be redacted but it would be a way for the bulk of his report -- the sections he believes to be most important coming into the public domain."
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俄羅斯和卡塔爾，兩屆世界杯的東道主，已經清除了腐敗的國際足聯指控。 俄羅斯，2018年主機和卡塔爾將舉辦比賽在2022年，被免除不法行為。 俄羅斯和卡塔爾，兩屆世界杯的東道主，已經清除了腐敗的國際足聯指控。俄羅斯，2018年主機和卡塔爾將舉辦比賽在2022年，被免除不法行為。
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“我也沒有在調查報告中，這是我從未見過的收件人然而，由於埃克特法官的建議，這是我的責任 - 作為國際足聯的主席 - 遞交投訴。”
埃克特的建議是基於由邁克爾·加西亞編制的證據 - 誰一直在研究的2018年和2022年世界杯的主辦權授予 - 國際足聯道德委員會調查室主任。
在調查前國際足聯顧問 Palios：不確定國際足聯知道什麼'好'是 美國推出FIFA腐敗調查
“我的發言是基於加西亞報告 - 我只能用它包含的物質的工作，在我看來，沒有足夠明確的證據違法，違規行為，將質疑的裁決過程的完整性整體。
“CAS的決定和推理將予以公開姓名將不得不重新編寫，但它會是一個讓大部分他的報告 - 他認為部分是最重要的進入了公共領域。”