Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 17th 2014 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 17, 2014
Excerpts from the statement Thursday by
Hans Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adju-
dicatory chamber of the FIFA ethics com-
mittee, on the findings of the investigation
into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding:
"The Australia 2022 bid team did undertake
specific efforts to gain the support of a then
FIFA executive committee member and it sug-
gests that there have been efforts to conceal
key relationships in this context."
"Report identified certain payments from
the Football Federation of Australia to CON-
CACAF which, according to the report, appear
to have been commingled, at least in part,
with personal funds of the then CONCACAF
president, who at the time also was a FIFA
executive committee member."
"Mr (Jack) Warner also asked England 2018
for favours and benefits related to a Trinidad
and Tobago football club he owned, the Joe
Public Football Club. Whether the England
2018 bid team ultimately provided any benefits
to Mr Warner s club is unclear."
"England 2018 agreed to provide substantial
assistance" for a T&T Under-20 team training
camp in Britain in 2009.
"Mr Warner s conduct demonstrated an
expectation that the bidding teams would
react favourably and seek to curry favour with
a voting member of the FIFA executive com-
mittee. According to the report, England 2018 s
response showed a willingness, time and again,
to meet such expectation, thereby damaging
the image of FIFA and the bidding process."
"The England 2018 bid team sponsored a
gala dinner for the Caribbean Football Union
at its annual congress in Trinidad in 2010,
once again in an effort to curry favour with
Jack Warner. ... The relevant support amounted
England 2018 "accommodated or at least
attempted to satisfy, the improper requests"
of "at least two" FIFA executive committee
"The Japan 2022 bid team distributed in
2010 several different gifts to senior FIFA offi-
cials, members of the FIFA executive committee
and some of their wives. The value of the gifts
(which included ... special balls, digital cameras
and clutch bags) ranged from approximately
$700 to approximately $2,000 each. ... Exec-
utive committee members concerned denied
receiving any improper or valuable gifts from
a bid team or did not attribute any significant
relevance to the gifts."
"According to the report, the conduct of
two individuals who acted as consultants or
advisers to the Qatar 2022 bid team raised
concerns." The investigation "identified certain
"Qatar 2022 sponsored in January 2010 the
CAF (Confederation of African Football) congress
in Angola. The sponsorship agreement granted
Qatar 2022 exclusive rights to market its bid
during the event. For this privilege, the bid
team paid CAF approximately $1.8 million."
"During previous investigations of Mr.
(Mohammed) Bin Hammam (former Asian
Football Confederation president and former
FIFA executive committee member), it had been
established that he had made several different
improper payments to high-ranking CAF foot-
ball officials during the time before the Dec.
2, 2010, FIFA executive committee vote. ... The
record ... does not support the conclusion that
the purpose of these payments was to promote
the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. Rather,
the evidence ... strongly suggests that Mr. Bin
Hamman paid CAF officials to influence their
votes in the June 2011 election for FIFA president
where he was a candidate. ... The same applies
to a payment of $1,212,000 Mr. Hamman
appears to have made to Mr. Jack Warner."
"Among the recipients of payments made
by Mr. Mohamed Bin Hamman ... was also
one to Mr. Reynald Temarii, the OFC (Oceania
Football Confederation) president and a FIFA
executive committee member. ... There is no
direct link between Qatar 2022 and any pay-
ments of Mr. Bin Hammam to Mr. Temarii."
"The Russia 2018 bid committee made only
a limited amount of documents available for
review, which was explained by the fact that
the computers used at the time by the Russia
bid committee had been leased and then
returned to their owner after the bidding
process. The owner has confirmed that the
computers were destroyed. The bid committee
also attempted to obtain access to the Gmail
accounts used during the bidding process from
Google USA. However, the Russia bid com-
mittee confirmed in a letter dated Aug. 1, 2014,
that Google USA had not responded."
"Moon-Joon Chung, a vice president on
the FIFA executive committee and honorary
president of the Korean Football Association"
sent letters to executive committee members
in 2010 stating "Korea intended to raise $777
million from 2011 to 2022 to aid confederation
and member associations to build new football
infrastructure and renovate existing facilities.
... The report concludes that the Global Football
Fund letters created at least the appearance
of a conflict or an offer of benefits to FIFA
executive committee members in an effort to
influence their votes."
"There appear to have been certain dis-
crepancies in the documentation and contact
reports submitted by the USA 2022 bid com-
mittee to FIFA on the one hand and the tes-
timonies of US football officials on the other."
... (The investigation) concluded that the USA
bid committee might not have fully complied
with the relevant reporting requirements."
England's gala dinner for CFU
A COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY LOOK AT FIFA REPORT
In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert from Germany attend a press conference, at
the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. FIFA
has cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing in their winning bids for the next two World Cups. German judge Joachim Eckert formally closed FIFA's probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup
bidding contests on Thursday, almost four years after the vote by the governing body's scandal-tainted executive committee. Eckert noted wrongdoing among the 11 bidding nations in a 42-page
summary of FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigations. AP PHOTO
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