Russia ‘told the truth’ on bid

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:22

Russia 'told the truth' on bid

Former FIFA investigator Michael Garcia claimed last year his enquiries into the Russian bid were hampered by the missing computers, although his report cleared organisers of any serious wrongdoing
Alexei Sorokin, chief executive of Russia 2018, says he is willing to swear an oath that the machines in question were returned to a school and later innocently disposed of.
“It’s very strange,” said Sorokin, speaking ahead of this weekend’s 2018 qualifying draw in St Petersburg. “Maybe people keep their computers forever. I usually throw away phones and computers that become obsolete.
“These computers were not deliberately destroyed, they just became obsolete and were discarded by the owner to whom we returned all the equipment that we used.”
Asked whether he could understand suspicion from outside Russia Sorokin said: “It is what it is.
“It’s the honest truth, and I can swear on the bible that it’s true. We did return them and we did not follow up their destiny – as well as furniture.”

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