By Jonathan Davies
A report into alleged corruption at FIFA, the football world governing body, could lead to criminal charges, according to a Conservative MP.
American lawyer Michael Garcia filed his investigative report into allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups earlier this month, but FIFA said the findings would not be made public.
Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said has asked the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to request a copy of the report.
In a letter to the SFO director David Green, Attorney General and Solicitor General, Mr Collins said: "Fifa seems to believe it is a self-governing body that operates outside the jurisdiction of international and national law-enforcement agencies.
"I do not believe this is the case and that if it holds information that indicates that offences may have been committed, this must be shared with the relevant law-enforcement agencies."
The SFO responded by saying "We note the contents of this letter and will respond in due course".
Mr Collins said that if the SFO was able to take action against FIFA and/or any guilty parties found in Michael Garcia's report, it would be able to scare off potential wrongdoers in the business world.
He said: "The SFO can investigate any organisation that does part of its business in the UK. This is not limited to UK registered organisations and UK citizens.
"Lord Triesman the former head of the FA also made allegations of corruption against FIFA officials from meetings that took place involving the FA, some of which were held in the UK."
When asked why he called on the SFO to request a copy of the report, Mr Collins said: "FIFA's announcement that they will not be publishing the report means that we will only know what secrets it contains if they are required to release it. The Garcia report could contain information of bribery and wrong doing that would be of interest to the SFO and other crime fighting organisations. The SFO should be allowed to see this report. This is not simply a private matter for FIFA."
In 2010, FIFA awarded the World Cup in 2018 to Russia, and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The decision has since been widely criticised by football officials, particularly considering the Qatari climate. Summer temperatures can reach up to 50*C, which has led to FIFA President Sepp Blatter calling for the World Cup being held later in the year, which would disrupt European domestic seasons.
In June, the [nurl=http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/fifa/article1417325.ece]Sunday Times accused[/nurl[ (warning: article behind paywall) former FIFA vice-president Mohamed Bin Hammam of paying £3m to officials around the world to support Qatar's bid.
The Qatar organising committee have denied any wrongdoing.
Michael Garcia is understood to have interviewed more than 75 officials, recommended further action against certain individuals and recommended changes to FIFA's bidding process.
Fifa's ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert told BBC Sport that a decision on any action relating to the investigation may not come until Spring 2015, and admitted that the findings of the report would "never" be made public.
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