The scandal that refuses to go away regarding alleged corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has seen the President of the German Football league threaten the European governing body may leave FIFA. The governing body of world soccer, FIFA has been embroiled in controversy over the decision to award Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup, The Guardian reports.
The refusal of FIFA to publish the full report into corruption has led Dr. Reinhard Rauball, President of the German Football League to threaten FIFA with UEFA leaving the global body over the corruption claims. Many in England, the US and Australia were shocked by the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. In response to claims of corruption, FIFA appointed US attorney Michael Garcia to investigate the World Cup bidding process.
Senior figures within the European game, headed by former French soccer legend Michel Platini have dismissed the published version of the report, which states the Qatar bid team holds little to no records detailing their communications during the bidding process. Dr. Rauball stated FIFA has been shaken like never before and must publish the full Garcia report or face the prospect of the European body and its members, including Spain, England and Germany leaving FIFA to establish their own global soccer organization.
Although it’s nearly a decade away, LA Times reporter Tom Rothman has noted that this World Cup controversy is relevant given the events of Brazil’s bid this year.