FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert and investigator Michael Garcia are meeting on Thursday to discuss the findings of Garcia’s investigation into the alleged corruption of the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, won by Russia and Qatar, respectively. As the AP reports, the case is in “disarray” with prosecutor Garcia saying that the full extent of the findings in his report were not disclosed to the public by Eckert.
Last Thursday, Garcia appealed to FIFA for what he described as “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations” of his work in Eckert's 42-page summary of judgment, which was disclosed to the public last week. Eckert and FIFA had both said that they could not legally publish Garcia’s report in full. FIFA then complicated matters on Tuesday by sending Garcia’s report to the Swiss attorney general in a criminal complaint against unnamed individuals implicated in the case.
The AP claims that strict Swiss privacy rules in criminal cases could give further protection against identification for current and former FIFA executive committee members targeted in the case. Besides appealing to FIFA, Garcia could also take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.