World Cup: FIFA launches criminal case over 2018 and 2022 bidding process世界杯:國際足聯在2018年和2022年招標過程中啟動的刑事案件

November 18, 2014 -- Updated 1724 GMT (0124 HKT)
Russia and Qatar, the hosts of the two World Cups, have been cleared of allegations of corruption by FIFA. Russia, the 2018 host and Qatar, which will host the tournament in 2022, were absolved of wrongdoing.Russia and Qatar, the hosts of the two World Cups, have been cleared of allegations of corruption by FIFA. Russia, the 2018 host and Qatar, which will host the tournament in 2022, were absolved of wrongdoing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • 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.

 
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"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."

世界杯:國際足聯在2018年和2022年招標過程中啟動的刑事案件
2014年11月18日 - 更新1724 GMT(0124 HKT)
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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(CNN) -招投標過程2018年和2022年世界杯已經採取了新的轉折作為足球世界的管理機構國際足聯提出刑事指控與瑞士司法週二。
投訴涉及“資產與連接到瑞士,它由刑事檢控當局值得研究的國際轉移。”
國際足聯的聲明說:“刑事申訴的主題是與2018年和2022年世界杯的主辦權授予連接單個的人的可能的不當行為。”

FIFA 提出與瑞士在伯爾尼的總檢察長申訴德國法官漢斯-約阿希姆·埃克特的建議-國際足聯的獨立的道德評判。
“我提出後,法官埃克特的建議刑事起訴,”國際足聯主席布拉特說。
“我不能,但是,在任何可能的犯罪行為作出評論。我不是律師。
“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。
不過布拉特堅持沒有改變埃克特的聲明“,該調查招投標過程的2018年和2022年世界杯的結束。”
埃克特,誰設置與加西亞週四舉行會議,討論該報告,說他碰到“跡象表明,指著涉嫌非法活動與瑞士的連接。”
他告訴國際足聯的網站: “在這種情況下,我認為這是我的責任,使這個在國際足聯主席的注意,並建議他,瑞士刑事檢控機關通知。”
埃克特已自出版他的42頁的摘要嚴厲批評到加西亞的18個月的調查,上週五。
德告訴記者,上週,他感到驚訝的圍繞著他總結不好的感覺的強度。
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“我想指出的是,沒有一次我的發言涉及到所謂的”粉飾“就提出的各種指控和假設,相反的是一直宣稱在某些方面的獎項過程中,”他說。
“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。
“然而,在某些地方,報告並指出進一步的澄清是需要一定的情況下,這在很大程度上澄清工作可以進行的國際足聯道德委員會本身,而其餘部分則是國家相關主管部門調查的責任。”
與加西亞和埃克特在設置上週四,凱文·卡彭特,誰在體育法的凱文·希爾迪金森LLP總結,討論他們之間的分歧,提出在宣布的時機問題。
“有趣的是,加西亞說,他的報告被曲解,但埃克特決定採取證據瑞士司法部門現在,”他告訴CNN。
“為什麼要提出刑事起訴給他們本週晚些時候開會?”
卡彭特也認為,加西亞,誰曾呼籲過在埃克特的總結結果國際足聯的上訴委員會,將進一步把他的投訴。
“邁克爾·加西亞已經將這個問題交給申訴委員會,但如果他的申訴被拒絕,他便可以去仲裁法庭為體育,這是非常徹底的,可以看所有的證據。
“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。”

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