No ruling expected in WCup probe before spring
ZURICH - FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert says he's unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until next spring.
The German judge says he should limit his verdicts to individuals, such as members of FIFA's executive committee who chose Russia and Qatar as the tournament hosts.
Eckert's comments Friday will disappoint FIFA critics who believed he could strip hosting rights or order a re-vote.
He says those would be decisions for FIFA's ruling executive committee or its congress of 209 federations.
Earlier, Eckert told an ethics conference that he would finish examining prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation reports by the "end of October, beginning of November."
Eckert says no one at FIFA has read the confidential reports.