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FIFA to Publish World Cup Corruption Report

  • PA Sport, Friday, December 19, 2014 5:37 PM
FIFA's executive committee on Friday agreed unanimously to publish Michael Garcia's report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups -- at least to the extent that is legally possible. The officials agreed to the proposal without a vote being taken, but nothing will be published until the ethics committee charges against three unnamed ExCo members have been dealt with. FIFA President Sepp Blatteralso revealed at the meeting that the organization would not reopen the voting for either the 2018 World Cup in Russia or the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

"I am pleased the FIFA executive committee decided without a vote to publish this report. It shows that people at FIFA at the moment do desire transparency and the sooner we can get on with talking about the game of football that we all love, the better," FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce told PA Sport.

The proposal to publish Garcia’s report came just two days after Garcia, FIFA’s ethics investigator, quit his post in protest over the handling of his findings regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process. He decided to quit after a FIFA appeals panel rejected his challenge of ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert’s summary of his confidential 430-page investigation, which he claimed misrepresented his work.

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1 comment about "FIFA to Publish World Cup Corruption Report".
  1. R2 Dad, December 20, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.

    Ah, Blatter, that slimy politician. He's not really promising to publish the report per se. It's more like a commitment to publish some of the report, redacted, some time around 2016 by which time it will be too late to do anything about 2018, and most people will have ostensibly forgotten about this issue. 2022, though, will not go away so easily.

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