Fifa release Garcia Report after leak in German newspaper

The report was leaked on Tuesday afternoon

BY Newstalk 15:00 Tuesday 27 June 2017, 15:00 27 Jun 2017

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Updated 17:22

FIFA's released the full report into alleged corruption in Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid, after German newspaper Bild leaked some if it.

The document was written by Michael Garcia, who resigned in protest at what he called an "erroneous" summary of his report.

That version cleared Qatar of corruption allegations.

World football's governing body says it's happy the whole report's been published, "for the sake of transparency".

A statement from Fifa reads: 

"The new chairpersons of the independent Ethics Committee, Maria Claudia Rojas of the investigatory chamber and Vassilios Skouris of the adjudicatory chamber, have decided to publish the Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process (the so-called “Garcia Report”).

"This had been called for on numerous occasions by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the past and also supported by the FIFA Council since its meeting in Mexico City in May 2016. Despite these regular requests, it is worth noting that the former chairpersons of the Ethics Committee, Cornel Borbély and Hans-Joachim Eckert, had always refused to publish it.

"The Ethics Committee will meet in its full composition under the new chairpersons for the first time next week, and it was already planned to use this opportunity to discuss the publication of the report. However, as the document has been illegally leaked to a German newspaper, the new chairpersons have requested the immediate publication of the full report (including the reports on the Russian and US bid teams, which were conducted by Mr Borbély alone) in order to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information.

"For the sake of transparency, FIFA welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published."

You can read the report here.


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