FIFA opens ethics cases against individuals

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The investigation into World Cup bidding has seen a number of individuals having ethics cases opened against them, it has been announced.

The action has been taken by FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia, and was announced in a joint statement with ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert following a meeting of the pair at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

It is not known how many people have had cases opened against them, or for what specific reasons.

FIFA has also lodged a separate criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general.

The statement also said Garcia’s full report into his investigation into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups would be passed to Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, who determine how much of the information should be made available to FIFA’s executive committee.

The statement read: “The investigatory chamber has already opened a number of formal cases against individuals as a result of that inquiry.”