FIFA report: Russia tried to influence the choice of the host of the 2018 world Cup with gift

© RIA Novosti / Nina Sociability in Votorantim 2018 at stadium Fisht in Olympic Park in Sochi. Archival photoFIFA report: Russia tried to influence the choice of the host of the 2018 world Cup with gift© RIA Novosti news Agency / Nina Sociability the image Bank

The organizing Committee «Russia-2018» and the Russian government tried to influence the selection of host world Cup 2018 with any gifts or grants, the report says the former head of the investigative chamber of the ethics Committee of FIFA Michael Garcia.

FIFA conducted an investigation on the issue of the legality of the election of the host countries of the 2018 and 2022. During the one-year investigation were interviewed more than 75 witnesses, collected audio recordings of the interviews, in the framework of the investigation has accumulated about 200 thousand pages of material. In November 2014, FIFA announced that it found no irregularities in the election process. On Tuesday, FIFA published a report completely.

«The gifts that were received by members of the FIFA Executive Committee from the organizing Committee «Russia-2018», had, as indicated in documents and testimonies, symbolic value. Despite the fact that the costs of travel and accommodation for members of the FIFA Executive Committee (in part accompanied by their families) were accepted by the organizing Committee of Russia, the costs were reasonable in accordance with applicable rules of FIFA. No documents provided for reference, or statements made by the surveyed persons indicate that the organizing Committee «Russia-2018″ or the Russian government tried to influence the electoral process through projects for the development of football or the organization of friendly matches,» the report says.

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