Switzerland: FIFA publishes full Garcia Report on Russia/Qatar World Cup bidding process

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - Football's world governing body, FIFA, on Tuesday published the Report of Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process.

A statement on the FIFA website said the new chairpersons of the independent Ethics Committee, Maria Claudia Rojas of the investigatory chamber and Vassilios Skouris of the adjudicatory chamber, had decided to publish the full report, which was also referred to as The Garcia Report.

The 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia while Qatar won the 2022 bid.

It said this had been called for on numerous occasions by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the past and also supported by the FIFA Council since its meeting in Mexico City in May 2016.

"Despite these regular requests, it is worth noting that the former chairpersons of the Ethics Committee, Cornel Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert, had always refused to publish it."

The statement said the Ethics Committee would meet in its full composition under the new chairpersons for the first time next week, and it was already planned to use this opportunity to discuss the publication of the report.

"However, as the document has been illegally leaked to a German newspaper, the new chairpersons have requested the immediate publication of the full report (including the reports on the Russian and US bid teams, which were conducted by Mr Borbély alone) in order to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information," it said.

"For the sake of transparency, FIFA welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published," the statement added.

The 2014 report was written by Garcia,former FIFA independent ethics investigator.
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