Report on alleged corruption in Qatar 2022 World Cup bid published
Report on alleged corruption in Qatar 2022 World Cup bid publishedGetty

Fifa's reputation has suffered another battering after the findings from their Ethics Committee report clearing Qatar and Russia of any wrongdoings, on Thursday.

It concluded that world football's governing body saw no reason to reopen the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups controversially awarded to Russia and Qatar.

The 42-page report by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of Fifa's independent ethics committee, also confirmed the following:

Russia cleared of corruption despite failing to provide evidence

Results from the investigation claimed that any irregularities in Russia's bid were of "limited scope" and "far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let along reopening it".

While it concluded there was no evidence of misconduct, the report revealed the 2018 hosts were unable to provide copies of all the documents and emails relating to their bid. Computers containing significant information used by Russia's bid committee were borrowed and have all since been been destroyed.

England bid criticised for Jack Warner relationship

The report directed heavy criticism at England's Football Association, accusing them of "undermining the integrity" of the bidding process by attempting to satisfy the demands of former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner in order to gain backing for their 2018 vote.

Accusations included claims they helped a family friend of Warner secure a job in the UK and sponsored a gala dinner for the Caribbean Football Union.

The FA wasted little time in issuing their response to such claims, denying any wrongdoing and insisting they conducted a "transparent bid".

Qatar absolved despite labour concerns and 'problematic conduct'

The report acknowledged concerns with Qatar's bid but claimed they were "not suited to compromise the integrity" of the bidding process. Those concerns included the role of Mohammed Bin Hammam and "certain indications of potentially problematic conduct of specific individuals".

The investigation also considered claims that working conditions for migrant workers employed for the construction of the country's stadia were unsatisfactory.

Qatar's decision to sponsor the 2010 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Congress in Angola with a healthy contribution of €1.8m was also scrutinised.

Mohammed Bin Hammam role dismissed

The report also claimed Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former Fifa executive committee member who was banned for life in 2012, was "distant" from Qatar's successful bid.

It was judged that payments totalling $5m paid to officials around the world including Warner were not paid with the intention of strengthening Qatar's 2022 bid, but to ensure backing for his own bid for Fifa presidency in 2011.

Australia accused of trying to win favours in 2022 bid

Australia – who received just one vote for their bid for the 2022 World Cup – were slammed for "efforts to gain the support of a Fifa executive committee member".

It cited "problematic connections" between Australia's bid consultants and investments into programmes in the home country's of influential committee members which "helped create the appearance that benefits were conferred in exchange for a vote".

Football Federation Australia have previously seen their bid slammed for directing money into CONCACAF development projects that were linked with Warner.

Conclusion – Michael Garcia, the man who conducted the two-year inquiry, claims Thursday's report contains "erroneous representation of the facts". He has called for further details of the report to be published, leaving him on a collision course with world football's governing body and Sepp Batter.