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FIFA to publish full Michael Garcia corruption report

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FIFA to publish full Michael Garcia corruption report

<p><span class="caps">FIFA</span> has decided to release the World Cup bidding corruption report in full after the Executive Committee voted unanimously to make the document public.</p> <p>The announcement comes in the wake of <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia quitting his role in protest over the handling of his 430-page report after citing a “lack of leadership” at the most senior levels of the Swiss-based organisation and the production of a 42-page summary by chief judge Hans-Joachim Eckert which Garcia claimed contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of facts and conclusions”.</p> <p>In Marrakesh today, the <span class="caps">FIFA</span> ExCo was given a presentation by Domenico Scala, the head of <span class="caps">FIFA</span>’s audit and compliance committee, who suggested the report be published “where legally possible” and “with appropriate redactions.”</p> <p>However, it was also confirmed that the release would not take place until other <span class="caps">FIFA</span> investigations into the process are complete.</p> <p>The move is a significant change in policy for <span class="caps">FIFA</span> after its President Sepp Blatter and chief judge Eckert originally announced that publishing the report would not be legally possible.</p> <p><em>Article by Hugo Lowell</em></p>