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SBD Global/June 12, 2014/International Football

FIFA Chief Investigator To Examine 'Corruption Evidence' Surrounding Qatar 2022 World Cup

Michael Garcia speaks during the 64th FIFA Congress on Wednesday.
FIFA Chief Investigator Michael Garcia has asked the Sunday Times "to provide him with all the evidence from its investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the vote to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Garcia "is willing to examine any material obtained by the media in recent weeks, despite having announced that his inquiry had concluded on Monday." It is also understood that former exec committee member Franz Beckenbauer "was not the only former member" who chose the location for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups "not to co-operate with Garcia" (TELEGRAPH, 6/11). The AP's Graham Dunbar reported Garcia "has already seen most of the evidence" published by the Sunday Times. Garcia told FIFA's congress on Wednesday "the vast majority of that material has been available to us for some time" (AP, 6/11). In London, Joe Leahy reported Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s chances of re-election for a second term in October "are hanging in the balance" as Brazil prepares for the World Cup. The center-left president "staged an impassioned plea" on TV late Tuesday for Brazilians "to abandon their scepticism about the expense of the tournament but polls showed her approval ratings sliding." While most still see Rousseff "as a favourite to win," Nomura economist Tony Volpon said that the odds "were tipping against the incumbent." Volpon: “We now think Dilma is likely to lose to Aécio Neves in a closely-contested second round” (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/11).
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