FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke Wants Qatar Probe Results Before World Cup
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said that "he wants a probe into allegations regarding Qatar’s selection to host the 2022 World Cup completed before the start of this year’s tournament in Brazil," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Valcke urged former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia, the Zurich-based body’s chief investigator, "to announce results of his probe before the first game on June 12." Valcke said that Garcia’s report "should come now, we should have a final, final position and the best would be even before the World Cup 2014 and then just work on the next World Cup." Qatar has always said that "it acted properly throughout the process that ended with it being the first World Cup host from the Middle East." Garcia "will give his report to German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, who’ll decide if there is a case." Qatar "is also being forced to change its labor conditions after human rights groups said current conditions have led to the death of migrant workers, mainly from South Asia." Valcke said that "even if the process that led to Qatar’s victory is declared acceptable, issues such as workers’ rights are likely to remain in the news" (BLOOMBERG, 4/25).