Fifa World Cup report: Michael Garcia findings to be released

However, world football’s governing body insisted Russia and Qatar will stay as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he asked the executive committee to vote in favour of publishing the report.

“We have always been determined the truth should be known,” he said.

“That is, after all, why we set up an independent ethics committee with an investigatory chamber that has all necessary means to undertake investigations on its own initiative.”

So far only a disputed summary of Michael Garcia’s 430-page report into the bidding process for the forthcoming World Cups has been published.

Releasing the full report – which is likely be heavily redacted to preserve witness confidentiality – is a change in Fifa policy.

However, it will only be released once ongoing investigations into five individuals are completed.

The governing body had originally resisted pressure from both report author Garcia and others to publish the full report.

The American lawyer resigned on Wednesday after his appeal against the published summary of his report was dismissed. He said the summary was “incomplete and erroneous”.

2 December 2010 – Russia and Qatar are chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups

4 October 2013 – Fifa agrees to set up a taskforce to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

1 June 2014 – The Sunday Times alleges that former Fifa vice-president Mohamed bin Hammam paid £3m to football officials in return for support for the Qatari bid

5 September 2014 – The report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process is submitted to Fifa by Michael Garcia

13 November 2014 – Fifa releases a 42-page summary of the Garcia report which clears Russia and Qatar of corruption

13 November 2014 – Garcia claims the summary of his own report is “materially incomplete” and contains “erroneous representations”

20 November 2014 – Garcia and Fifa ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert agree to release the full copy of the report to the organisation’s compliance chief, Domenico Scala

16 December 2014 – Fifa deems Garcia’s complaint against Eckert’s summary of his report is “not admissible”

17 December 2014 – Garcia quits his role as independent chairman of the Fifa Ethics Committee’s Investigatory Chamber

19 December 2014 – Fifa agrees to release Garcia report

 

 

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