FIFA investigator to visit Football Association over World Cup probe
FIFA's ethics investigator is to visit the FA as part of his review of the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Last Updated: 01/10/13 5:31pm
Michael Garcia, a US attorney, wants to speak to all nine bidding nations for the two tournaments, with England believed to be his first stop.
The FA made a bid for the 2018 World Cup, which was eventually awarded to Russia and the bid leader - Lord Triesman - made a number of allegations about the process to a Parliamentary committee in 2011.
Triesman claimed four FIFA members asked for bribes of various kinds in return for backing England's failed 2018 World Cup bid. An initial probe by the world governing body said there was no evidence that had taken place, and three of the four - Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz and Ricardo Teixeira - have since left FIFA in disgrace for matters unconnected with World Cup bidding.
Garcia's investigation looks likely to be fraught.
He was one of 18 people named on a list of Americans barred from entering Russia over what Moscow said were human rights abuses.
Garcia was involved in the arrest and charging of Viktor Bout, a Russian, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the USA for arms trafficking.
Garcia is also expected to look into alleged collusion between Spain's bid for 2018 and Qatar's bid for the 2022 tournament, though this was also investigated by FIFA at the time, and into the extent of external political influence on the 24-man FIFA executive committee which voted on the hosts in December 2010.