MP Wants FIFA Probed By SFO

Cristiano Ronaldo1The Serious Fraud Office has been urged to reconsider its decision not to investigate allegations of FIFA corruption during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

Conservative MP Damian Collins made the call after US media claims that former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer recorded conversations with football officials at the London 2012 Olympics.

Russia will host the 2018 World Cup after England’s unsuccessful bid.

The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar.

The SFO can investigate “cases which undermine UK commercial/financial PLC in general and the City of London in particular” and has been following bribery claims stemming from the December 2010 decision to award rights for the next two World Cups.

FIFA has already undertaken its own investigation into the corruption allegations, led by independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

American Blazer was a member of FIFA’s executive committee from 1996 to 2013.

On Sunday, the New York Daily Post alleged US FBI agents recruited Blazer by threatening him with arrest and prosecution for tax fraud if he failed to cooperate.

The paper said Blazer was supplied with a modified keyring that contained a tiny microphone in order to secretly record conversations with leading football officials during a visit to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“If there is evidence that Chuck Blazer held meetings during the Olympics, that would come under the jurisdiction of the SFO,” Collins told BBC Sport.

“I want to see if they would now be prepared to act.”

FIFA declined to comment about Blazer when contacted.

BBC

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