Garcia investigating FIFA trio

Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Three current FIFA executive committee members are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia following his probe into World Cup bidding, it can be revealed.

Spain’s Angel Maria Villar Llona, Michel D’Hooghe from Belgium and Worawi Makudi from Thailand are among the names being looked at by Garcia for possible ethics code breaches, according to sources close to the world governing body.

Former FIFA executive committee member Franz Beckenbauer is also under investigation by American attorney Garcia along with Harold Mayne-Nicholls from Chile, who headed the inspection team which compiled reports into the countries bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Last week Garcia announced “a number of individuals” have had formal cases opened against them .

Garcia and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, released a joint statement last week confirming a number of individuals were under investigation.

FIFA has also lodged a separate criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general.

The joint Garcia-Eckert statement of November 20 also said that Garcia’s full report into his investigation into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be passed to Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee. That committee would determine how much of the information should be made available to FIFA’s executive committee.

Given that three members of the executive committee are being investigated by Garcia, it is unclear how much, if any, of the information contained in the report can be shared.

Earlier this month Eckert cleared Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups saying rule breaches by the bidding countries were ”of very limited scope”.

Garcia responded by notifying FIFA that he intended to lodge an appeal against the decision due to ”numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts”.

Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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