The man in charge of monitoring ethics of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates has been banned from soccer for the next 7 years for unspecified ethics violations.
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former president of Chile’s football federation, is not allowed to comment on the story, but he was “chosen by FIFA to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates.”
And it seems he was very leery of both Qatar and Russia as hosts before he lost his job.
Mayne-Nicholls was appointed by FIFA in 2010 to lead a six-member team evaluating the 2018-2022 World Cup bidders. All nine candidates were visited between July and September 2010.
In the technical report, Mayne-Nicholls flagged eventual winners Russia and Qatar as presenting the most risk to FIFA as potential host nations.
The FIFA executive committee largely ignored his report, and a FIFA-commissioned analysis of the commercial prospects for each bidder’s World Cup project, in a December 2010 vote.
Mayne-Nicholls was voted out of office in Chile soon after completing his task for FIFA.
Surely it’s more complicated than Mayne-Nicholls saying, “These guys could be a problem” and FIFA saying, “No, they won’t be. You’re out,” but is the organization going to ever do anything without us waiting for the details.
Like the heavily-redacted Garcia report, you can’t help but think we won’t have details until we’re watching the court cases and trials of the arraigned.