'Incomplete and erroneous': lawyer slams FIFA's corruption probe

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'Incomplete and erroneous': lawyer slams FIFA's corruption probe

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The FIFA report into the transparency of the bidding process for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 has cleared hosts Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing.

However, the governing body said the English FA had behaved improperly in an attempt to gain one vote in the bid for the 2018 event.

The FA categorically denied any improper behaviour.

It has since emerged that Micheal Garcia, who carried out the two-year FIFA inquiry, says the report “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations.”

Garcia made the statement less than four hours after FIFA had published the findings and claimed “a degree of closure has been reached.”

Garcia handed his research to an independent ethics adjudicator Hans-Joachim Eckert, a German judge, who wrote the report.

Eckert’s work is now firmly in the spotlight and there are calls for Garcia’s report to be published in full.

If FIFA sought to end concerns over the World Cups in Russia and Qatar it has categorically failed to do so.