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Russia 2018 & Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cups: No ruling until spring

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 2:29 PM

FIFA's ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision in the 2018 and 2022 World Cups bidding corruption inquiry is unlikely until next spring.

The 2018 tournament was awarded by FIFA to Russia in 2010, with the 2022 event handed to Qatar at the same time.

American prosecutor Michael Garcia last month filed a report into the legality of the bidding processes.

Eckert says his body will have some final reports and then there will be decisions, but it takes time.

German judge Eckert, the chair of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee, says he will limit his verdicts to individuals, disappointing FIFA critics who want him to order re-votes into Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 after allegations of corruption.

He added that such a decision would be for FIFA's ruling executive committee or its congress of 209 federations.

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