In the coming hours we will find out more about the Swiss authorities’ investigation into alleged corruption during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.
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On May 27 the Swiss authorities raided FIFA’s Zurich headquarters. On the same day they also assisted the U.S. Department of Justice by raiding a luxury Zurich hotel to round up FIFA officials indicted by the FBI in a separate investigation by the U.S. Government into alleged corruption at world soccer’s governing body.
A news conference will be held in Bern, Switzerland on Wednesday as Attorney-General Michael Lauber will make a statement about the case against FIFA.
The Swiss are alleging criminal mismanagement and money laundering in the World Cup bidding campaigns won by Russia and Qatar for their respective 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
FIFA’s own report, conducted last November by its ethics committee, into alleged corruption during the 2018 and 2022 bidding processes is being used as evidence by Lauber. American lawyer Michael Garcia conducted that report but resigned when FIFA refused to release it in full and instead published a 38-page summary of Garcia’s findings which he said “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations.”
With soccer fans waiting anxiously around the world to see whether or not a re-vote will be forced for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, this announcement from the Swiss authorities will shed more light onto just how serious the situation is.