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Corruption watchdog calls on FIFA to publish bribery probe report

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Corruption watchdog calls on FIFA to publish bribery probe report

<p>Global corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has joined calls urging <span class="caps">FIFA</span> to publish a probe into alleged bribery.</p> <p>American lawyer Michael Garcia concluded an investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the assignation of two World Cup hosts: Russia in 2018; and Qatar four years later.</p> <p>Sepp Blatter, president of world football’s governing body, rejected calls in September for the report to be made public.</p> <p>José Ugaz, chairman of TI, said: “Sport should be a role model of fair play but the ability for sport to act as a force for good in the world is compromised when sports organisations are not held to the highest standards of good governance and accountability. </p> <p>“That’s why Transparency International wants to keep the pressure up on <span class="caps">FIFA</span> to make sure that anyone involved with bribery is held to account.</p> <p>Mr Ugaz’s comments come after <a href="http://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/transparency_international_calls_for_fifa_to_publish_world_cup_investigatio" rel="external">TI passed a resolution calling on FIFA to publish the report</a>, saying the sport’s integrity is under threat.</p> <p>It went on: “The ability for sport to act as a force for good in the world is compromised when sports organisations are not held to the highest standards of good governance and accountability.”</p> <p>The report’s author has called for it to be published, as has <span class="caps">UEFA</span> president Michel Platini.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Everyone in the global football community has a responsibility to act ethically. Football fans rightly demand this. FIFA has taken the lead.</p>— Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeppBlatter/status/512886793352781824">September 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>But Blatter said the report must remain confidential, adding that number of people in his executive committee made a specific request when the issue was raised at a <span class="caps">FIFA</span> meeting earlier in October.</p> <p>The Sunday Times <a href="http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/fifa/article1417325.ece" rel="external">alleged in a report</a> that former Fifa vice-president Mohamed bin Hammam paid £3m to football officials around the world in return for support for the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid.</p> <p>The Qatar bid committee says it “always upheld the highest standard of ethics and integrity in its successful bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup”.</p>