The report by then FIFA chief ethics investigator Michael J. Garcia on Qatar’s successful FIFA World Cup 2022 bid has been leaked after German newspaper Bild published details on June 27, surfacing new corruption claims against the 2010 bidding contest.
The Football Association had lobbied to bring the World Cup to England in 2018 but was unsuccessful after being eliminated in the first round when receiving only two votes. The tournament went to Russian Federation while Qatar secured the 2022 finals, with both decisions reached on December 2, 2010.
In 2015, Warner was banned from taking part in any football-related activity for life.
Andy Anson, chief executive of England 2018, the company behind the English FA bid, told investigators he recalled officials “said to me that it would be nice if at some point Leoz would get to meet the Queen”. “You know, they really did control blocks of votes, and so if you didn’t have them backing you, then you really didn’t have much of a bid in the first place’”.
FFA said the full report “does not raise substantive new matters” about Australia’s failed bid.
And it also documents that three executive members of Fifa were flown to Rio de Janeiro for a private party ahead of the vote to decide who would host the 2022 World Cup.
“However, as the document has been illegally leaked to a German newspaper, the new chairpersons have requested the immediate publication of the full report (including the reports on the Russian and U.S. bid teams, which were conducted by Mr Borbély alone) in order to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information”. Sebro was eventually found a role at Tottenham and then at Wembley.
Garcia claims to have evidence of Hargitay sending an email to FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticizing Qatar’s rival bid.
FFA contributed $500,000 to a football Centre of Excellence in Trinidad, the home of FIFA executive Jack Warner, who was later suspended as FIFA Vice President following allegations of corruption.
It must be noted, however, that while Garcia did not uncover solid proof of buying votes – he was unlikely to do so, given his limited powers – he could not compel witnesses to co-operate, and most of the key ones did not, and he could not seize bank records or computers.
The report said: “England’s response to these improper demands – in at a minimum always seeking to satisfy them in some way – damaged the integrity of the ongoing bidding process”.
While this would appear to raise questions about Qatar’s bid, Garcia did back their stance that former FIFA vice-president Mohamed Bin Hammam’s frequent interventions in the process were about furthering his own political ambitions within world football than any co-ordinated attempt to rig the World Cup vote for his native country.
England 2018’s efforts to “curry favour” with Warner also extended to sponsoring a gala dinner for the CFU at its congress in Trinidad, which included undefined “tokens” for some £13,636 in a total bill of £35,608.70.
The Queen has also been mentioned in the report after it emerged a member of FIFA’s executive had sought an audience with the British monarch during the bidding process and was seeking a knighthood in exchange for helping England’s bid.
“The Prime Minister asked Mr Chung to vote for England’s bid, and Mr Chung responded that he would if Mr Thompson voted for Korea”, the report read.
The report disclosed how Cameron met FIFA Vice President, Mong-Joon Chung of South Korea in Prince William’s suite at the Baur au lac Hotel in Zurich on the eve of the vote in December 2010.