FIFA set to appoint corruption prosecutor

FIFA ruling board members meet to appoint a corruption prosecutor who will be urged to investigate how the hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Written by Associated Press | Geneva | Published: July 17, 2012 3:07 am

FIFA ruling board members meet on Tuesday to appoint a corruption prosecutor who will be urged to investigate how the hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded. As part of FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s anti-corruption reforms,his executive committee in Zurich will choose lawyers to lead independent prosecuting and judging chambers of a revamped ethics court. FIFA’s top anti-corruption adviser,Mark Pieth,tells The Associated Press that the appointments are “absolutely fundamental” to modernize football’s scandal-hit world governing body.

Pieth’s advisory panel said the ethics officials must have the authority to examine old cases,after finding that FIFA “insufficiently investigated” some allegations about World Cup bidding. Pieth says his team wants to meet the officials soon and “make it clear what we expect of them.”

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