FIFA 2022 bid scam investigator Michael Garcia is likely to finish his probe of the bids for 2018 and 2022 World Cup events in a week’s time but as reports accumulate, there is a likelihood of removing the Qatar bid from holding the 2022 FIFA World Cup event.
“The report will consider all evidence potentially related to the bidding process, including evidence collected from prior investigations,” said Garcia in a statement.
The Sunday Times revealed that football officials took £3 million in bribes to support Qatar’s bid. Since the evidence is clearly going against Qatar, there will be a re-run of the 2022 vote and invariably Qatar stands to lose its bid this time.
In March, the Daily Telegraph said a company owned by Bin Hammam of Qatar had paid former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner £1 million, triggering lawyers to collect evidence, which they hope would be concrete to prove the case of bribe.
Qatar’s bid committee and Bin Hammam have denied any wrongdoing. Qatar won the bid after defeating bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States for the 2022 World Cup.
While the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) said it may re-submit its bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Japan’s official Yuichiro Nakajima said he would back a move to re-submit tenders for 2022.
“I can’t speak on behalf of the Japan FA – I’m not representing them now – but if I were in the position to say so, yes I would,” Nakajima told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
There it is and re-bidding may be held if the probe proves payments to FIFA officials were made to win the bid by Qatar.