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Date set for WC vote report

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

PARIS - FIFA has announced its probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host bids will be completed by June 9, as the corruption row over Qatar's controversial winning bid intensified.

Confirmation that the long awaited report was imminent came yesterday against a mounting clamour to hold a new bid for 2022 after accusations that a top Qatari official made slush fund payments to secure support.

The chorus for a revote was led by Australia, who lost out to Qatar, who declared that corruption accusations against Qatar were a "serious development".

British Government and football officials have also said a new vote should be held if the accusations in The Sunday Times were proved accurate.

The 2018/2022 World Cup bid probe is being chaired by Michael J. Garcia.

The former US attorney confirmed, "After months of interviewing witnesses and gathering materials, we intend to complete that phase of our investigation by June 9, 2014, and to submit a report to the Adjudicatory Chamber approximately six weeks thereafter."

"The report will consider all evidence potentially related to the bidding process, including evidence collected from prior investigations," his statement on FIFA's official website added.

FIFA has not yet commented on reports by the Sunday Times that Mohamed bin Hammam, a former FIFA vice-president from Qatar, paid about $US5million ($F9.23million) to football officials around the world before the 2010 vote that awarded the 2022 contest to the Gulf state.

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