Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Federation Internationale de Football Association publishes Garcia report

Laurie Berry | 28 June, 2017, 17:15

German newspaper Bild claimed to have acquired a copy of the document, prompting the governing body to release the report - produced by American lawyer Michael Garcia - in full.

The 42-page summary written by German judge Hans Joachim Eckert was published two months later and disputed by Garcia.

FIFA President Joseph Blatter announces that Qatar would be hosting the 2022 Soccer World Cup during the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bid announcement in Zurich, Switzerland, December 2, 2010.

Maria Claudia Rojas of FIFA's Ethics Committee investigatory chamber and Vassilios Skouris of the adjudicatory chamber were behind the decision to release the report, with the backing of president Gianni Infantino.

A remarkable day, even by FIFA's recent standards, ended when the former independent ethics committee chiefs Borbely and Eckert issued a late statement to reject the governing body's claim that they were exclusively responsible for blocking the report's publication.

Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA's Garcia Report "vindicated the integrity" of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

FIFA had previously blocked its publication in 2014 but football's governing body chose to reveal all for "complete transparency" after German paper Bild claimed to have a copy they were planning to publish.

The report reads: "Based on the information and documents submitted by the USA Bid Committee, there is no evidence in this record that Mr. Blazer provided the USA Bid Committee with any confidential or other information that gave the USA Bid Committee an unfair advantage over the other biding candidates".

England's hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup were ended swiftly when its bid received only two votes, knocking it out of contention in the first round.

Spithill skippers Oracle to 1st win in America's Cup
Spithill, one of the world's most successful sailors, said it was too soon to say what he or the USA team would do next. CEO Grant Dalton did not detail his plans, but told a media briefing they would "play out in the next couple of weeks".

There are new details over the lengths most of the bid teams went to in order to curry favour with Fifa's discredited executives, including the FA.

The report added that there was "no evidence" linking that transfer of money to the bids themselves, although it was investigated during the Qatar portion of the report.

Garcia questioned the motives behind Qatar 2022's relationship with Aspire Academy, a local state-of-the-art sporting facility that hosted numerous youth teams from around the world during the lead-up to the bidding process.

Insiders believe that Saudi Arabia were likely gifted the Garcia report from United States sources (and after USA political intervention) and that the Saudi's then placed the report with German media, presumably with the caveat to focus on Qatar.

Russian Federation was awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 tournament in a single vote in Zurich in December, 2010.

A controversial internal report published by Federation Internationale de Football Association on the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has revealed that Japan violated bid guidelines in 2010, sending then-president Sepp Blatter and other Federation Internationale de Football Association executives "gifts" worth more than ¥100,000.

The findings on Russia's bid were relatively unspectacular, with no proof of any corrupt practice in the the process.

"Even relative to the five-star accommodations the players and top football officials enjoyed, the amenities provided to Mr. Teixeira for the Brazil-Argentina match were excessive... the considerable costs related to the visit by Mr. Teixeira, the only Executive Committee member among the CBF and AFA delegations in Qatar, were paid for by Qatar's bid team", Garcia wrote.

"Leaders of most, if not all, 2018 and 2022 bid nations spoke directly with FIFA Executive Committee members", Garcia noted.

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