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Chief investigator Michael Garcia wants FIFA to make his report on World Cup bid corruption public

American lawyer Michael Garcia, chairman of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee, has called on FIFA to publish the results of his probe into World Cup bid corruption. (Walter Bieri/AP Photo/Keystone)
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FIFA has so far avoided publishing the report submitted by American lawyer Michael Garcia, who oversaw the investigation in the allegedly corrupt bidding processes that lead to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar, respectively, in 2010. Garcia, however, isn’t so happy. Per the Associated Press:

The American lawyer spoke out Wednesday after FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert issued a statement giving Garcia full responsibility for opening cases against officials under investigation.
In a sign of tension between Garcia and Eckert, Garcia said “I believe it is now necessary for the FIFA Executive Committee to authorize the appropriate publication of the report.”

Garcia’s statements come just a day before the FIFA Executive Committee is set to convene at the organization’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, to discuss various matters, including the latest status reports on the upcoming World Cup tournaments in both Russia and Qatar.

Garcia made no mention of what he found in his report, but some are wondering, including a British MP, if any of its revelations could bring criminal charges.

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