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Federation Internationale de Football Association publishes Garcia report

Federation Internationale de Football Association publishes Garcia report

But FIFA's hand was forced when German tabloid newspaper Bild said it had obtained the full report and released extracts on Monday, including revelations that a 10-year-old daughter of one FIFA member had received $2 million in her bank account.

In a statement on Tuesday accompanying the release of the documents that are commonly referred to as the "Garcia Report", FIFA cited the newspaper's plan, while explaining why world soccer's governing body didn't release the report in 2014 when it was completed.

According to the report produced by FIFA's then-chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia in 2014, England 2018 "provided full and valuable co-operation in establishing the facts and circumstances of this case", with witnesses made available for interview and documents produced on request.

Russian Federation and Qatar were announced as hosting countries of 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups respectively in the Swiss city of Zurich in December 2010.

Mr. Eckert, who had said privacy concerns had made publication of the report "impossible", and Mr. Borbély, the investigator who had replaced Garcia, were removed from their posts earlier this year.

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.

That said, the report noted that the USA bid committee made a tactical decision to withdraw from bidding for the 2018 World Cup at the behest of then-UEFA president and FIFA ExCo member Michel Platini.

"FFA has said repeatedly that the bid process for 2018 and 2022 was deeply flawed and that mistakes were made by the Australian bid team", read a statement.




The England 2018 World Cup bid team has been accused of acting improperly and flouting rules in an attempt to win votes in their quest to stage the competition.

Other gifts the US bid committee gave to FIFA ExCo members and their wives - which included six iPads given to members of FIFA's inspection team, as well as five Tiffany card cases and six purse pens - were deemed to fall within of FIFA's rules.

Unlike the sanitized summary, which hinged on general descriptions, the full report details several instances of corruption within FIFA's highest ranks, including members of its Executive Committee, some of whom tried to shut down the investigation.

Although the long-awaited report from U.S. independent investigator Michael Garcia highlighted an array of potentially suspect financial dealings, there appeared to be no "smoking gun" which could end up denying Qatar the World Cup in five years' time.

- England 2018 "gave the appearance that it sought to confer a personal benefit on Mr Warner in order to influence his vote".

There was also an instance in which the assistant to FIFA's president Blatter, along with her husband, engaged in "inappropriate communications" seeking business opportunities in Qatar with the bid team from that country.

The Aspire Academy in Qatar, one of the biggest sports academies in the world, was also "implicated in a decisive manner in the manipulation of Federation Internationale de Football Association members who had the right to vote", the paper adds. Criminal investigations into the bidding process continue.

Among other details, Garcia says its 2022 bid used the Doha-based academy Aspire to "curry favour with executive committee members", and that this "served to undermine the integrity of the bidding process".


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