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Garcia details FIFA probe of 2018-2022 WCup bids

Tuesday - 10/8/2013, 8:50am  ET

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA's ethics prosecutor expects that his investigations into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will last "at least several months into 2014."

A statement from Michael Garcia's U.S.-based law firm says he and his team "intend to speak with and request information from representatives of every bid team."

Garcia is expected in England this week.

Russia won the bidding for the 2018 World Cup, while Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament. Qatar beat the United States in the final vote in December 2010.

Garcia's firm says his Swiss deputy, Cornel Borbely, will lead the American and Russian questioning "to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest."

Russia barred Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney, in April in retaliation for prosecuting a Russian arms dealer.


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