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World Cup – FIFA report clears Qatar and Russia of corruption, but England criticised

2022 hosts Qatar have been cleared of corruption, but a FIFA report has criticised England for their conduct in bidding for the 2018 finals.

FIFA’s independent ethics adjudicator Hans Joachim Eckert has avoided calls for a revote for the 2022 finals to take place in a 42-page report published on Thursday.

It has been found that any breaches of regulations by Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 were of a “very limited scope”.

“In particular, the effects of these occurrences on the bidding process as a whole were far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it,” said Eckert.

It has been suggested that no evidence has been found to prove the small state in the Gulf earned the right to stage the tournament by bribing FIFA officials of up to £3 million.

However, New York lawyer’s Michael Garcia 18-month probe will infuriate the Football Association after they were berated as part of the investigation into their bidding for the 2018 tournament awarded to Russia.

Qatar 2022 – A crisis of FIFA’s own making

Qatar earned the right to stage the finals by beating bids from Australia, the USA, South Korea and Japan in December 2010. It remains one of the biggest shocks in the history of the sport with Qatar dogged by allegations since they won the right to stage the finals.

While their bid is to be exonerated by football’s governing body, England will apparently be berated for the conduct of their bid and their involvement with former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner prior to their bid to stage the 2018 finals.

 The hosting of a training camp in the summer of 2009 by England 2018 for the Trinidad and Tobago is expected to be criticised.
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