Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, said he was “surprised” by Michael Garcia’s criticism of the 42-page report into the alleged corruption of the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups -- which cleared both Russia and Qatar in their respective winning bids -- that Eckert published on Thursday.
Garcia, who conducted the investigation that lead to the report, said the document "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed” in Garcia’s investigation. The former U.S. Attorney followed up his statement by saying he would appeal the decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee. "Usually you would first speak to each other internally if you don't like something,” Eckert told Reuters. I have been trying to contact him."
The situation has led to two FIFA executive committee members, Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb and U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, to release a joint statement demanding that Garcia’s full report be published. "Given the disagreement between the two chairmen of the Investigatory and Adjudicatory Chambers of the ethics committee, and to ensure complete transparency, we believe the full report conducted by the FIFA ethics committee... should be made public as soon as possible. This can be done with appropriate redaction to protect any confidentiality required by the FIFA code of ethics. Providing the entire independent report for inspection is in the best interest of the game and FIFA."