FIFA President Sepp Blatter holding up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Football's world governing body FIFA has cleared on November 13, 2014 the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar of corruption and ruled out a re-vote to decide the host of the competition despite widespread allegations of wrongdoing.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter holding up the name of Qatar during the official announcement of the 2022 World Cup host country at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Football's world governing body FIFA has cleared on November 13, 2014 the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar of corruption and ruled out a re-vote to decide the host of the competition despite widespread allegations of wrongdoing. AFP PHOTO - Philippe Desmazes

FIFA scandal: Here's what will happen next

Could Sepp Blatter be arrested?

"Arrested for what?" he asked yesterday, when the question was put to him. It is possible that President Blatter could be questioned by investigators over what he knew about the most recent allegations.

Paragraph 192 of Fifa's indictment alleges that a $10m payment was made to Jack Warner, the disgraced Trinidadian former Fifa executive committee member. Manchester United's chief executive David Gill, who resigned from the executive committee two hours after joining it, in the wake of Blatter's re-election, said:

"In any organisation I have worked for, a payment of that magnitude would go straight to the top."

When asked whether it was either incompetent, or deliberately negligent for Blatter not to have known if that payment was made, he refused to answer, saying only that it was a matter for the authorities.

 

Could Uefa really boycott any future World Cup?

Uefa President Michel Platini has said "all options" will be discussed at its meeting next week, before the Champions League Final in Berlin. But in Friday's presidential vote both France and Spain supported President Blatter.

The head of the German Football Association, Wolfgang Niersbach, has said that a boycott is not the right action and Greg Dyke, the FA Chairman, said England doing it alone "would not achieve anything".

Finally, the next World Cup, in 2018, is in Russia, a Uefa member that voted for President Blatter, so a complete boycott is highly unlikely.
 

Will the Russia and Qatar World Cups go ahead as planned?

Probably. Nothing in the investigation in the US mentions the bidding process in 2010 that awarded those two tournaments, but the Americans have indicated there is more to come.

The Swiss investigation into "money laundering" and "criminal mismanagement" in those bids is based on Fifa's own investigation, by US lawyer Michael Garcia, which has still not been published but was handed to the Swiss authorities.

Fifa's own conclusion, by a German judge, was that wrongdoing had been found, but not enough to warrant moving the tournaments.

But Fifa's investigator didn't have the same powers as the FBI and US Internal Revenue Service probes.

They may discover more but, short of drastic and complex legal intervention, only Fifa's executive committee can remove hosting rights, and it is something they will simply never do.
 

What's next for the US and Swiss investigations?

Six of the seven men dragged from their beds in the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich are fighting extradition requests to the US, with the IRS chief Richard Weber telling The New York Times: "I'm fairly confident of another round of indictments."

The Swiss investigation is arguably more uncertain. The Swiss Attorney General's office last week questioned the 10 members still on Fifa's executive committee who voted on the Russia and Qatar decision in 2010.

So far, no charges have been made. If any are, it will be an unexpected development.

 



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