Football: Fifa rules out 2018, 2022 World Cup revotes, Qatar cleared of corruption

A revote into the controversial awarding of the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar was ruled out on Wednesday, despite widespread suspicions of multi-million dollar corruption. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A revote into the controversial awarding of the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar was ruled out on Wednesday, despite widespread suspicions of multi-million dollar corruption. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - A revote into the controversial awarding of the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar was ruled out on Wednesday, despite widespread suspicions of multi-million dollar corruption.

An exhaustive report by the ethics committee of world governing body Fifa admitted that even though there had been a series of worrying episodes in the bidding for the tournament, as well as the 2018 World Cup in Russia, there was not enough evidence to justify reopening the process.

"The report identified certain occurrences that were suited to impair the integrity of the 2018/2022 World Cups bidding process," said the 42-page report released by Hans Joachim Eckert, the chairman of the committee's adjudicatory chamber.

"While the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber fully concurs with the relevant findings, the occurrences at issue were, in the chairman's assessment, only of very limited scope.

"In particular, the effects of these occurrences on the bidding process as a whole were far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it.

"The assessment of the 2018/2022 Fifa World Cups bidding process is therefore closed for the Fifa ethics committee."