FIFA to make statement on inquiry into World Cup bidding process

Hans-Joachim Eckert is the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, which will release a statement on the World Cup bidding corruption allegations on Thursday.

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FIFA announced on Twitter that their ethics committee will release a statement on Thursday regarding the inquiry into the World Cup bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

The statement will be posted to

Reports say that the inquiry did not find sufficient reason to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup.

According to The Guardian, the ethics committee report did not find a "smoking gun" that links the behavior of the Qatari former Asian Football Confederation president, who was later banned for life for bribery, with the Qatar 2022 bid.

The Guardian also went on to say that "the "plague on all their houses" nature of the summary makes it even less likely that the investigation will lead to either Russia or Qatar being stripped of the tournament."

In October, the judge who will rule on the investigation into World Cup bidding said the full report on the investigation would not be published, despite numerous figures in football calling for it to be made public.

Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of the FIFA ethics committee adjudicatory chamber, said only selected parts of the report would be published to protect people’s "personal rights."