INTERPOL statement in response to false report published by the Sunday Times

15 June 2014

Today, Sunday 15 June, the UK’s Sunday Times falsely stated that INTERPOL has called for a criminal inquiry into the 2022 World Cup bids. No such call was ever made by INTERPOL.

INTERPOL has stated clearly on several occasions that it supports the FIFA inquiries, headed by Michael J. Garcia, a former US prosecutor and that it believes allegations of criminal corruption should be thoroughly investigated wherever they occur.

INTERPOL’s standpoint was once again underlined by Secretary General Ronald K. Noble during an interview with CNN's Richard Quest on Friday, 13 June, when Mr Noble also emphasized that Mr Garcia is an experienced, thorough and expert investigator and that his findings and recommendations should be accepted and implemented by FIFA.