FIFA's new prosecutor, judge to begin work Friday

BY foxsports • July 24, 2012

FIFA says its independent prosecutor Michael Garcia and ethics court judge Joachim Eckert will start work Friday when leading their first meetings in their new jobs.

Garcia and Eckert head a revamped, two-chamber FIFA ethics committee, which will deal with allegations of corruption in world soccer.

Garcia, a United States lawyer, will have the authority to re-examine previous cases. He is expected to study how 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights were awarded, allegations of bribery involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and a World Cup kickbacks case linked to now-defunct marketing agency ISL.

FIFA's executive committee appointed Garcia and Eckert last week. Their initial one-year appointments must be confirmed by formal elections next May at FIFA's Congress of member nations in Mauritius.