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article imageFifa World Cup investigator comes out against 'erroneous' summary

By Nate Smith     Nov 13, 2014 in Sports
Fifa was thisclose to tidying up claims of shady bid practices on the parts of cities competing for the privilege of hosting the next two World Cups, only to have its lead investigator call the report "erroneous" just hours later.
Michael Garcia, a former New York U.S. attorney, had been tabbed by Fifa to spearhead a nearly two-year long study into whether corruption prevailed among cities competing to host World Cup events in 2018 and 2012.
He recently submitted over 400 pages worth of findings, which were then reviewed by FIFA's head arbiter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber.
Fifa elected not to make public Garcia's initial 430-page report, and instead has issued an executive summary authored by Eckert which clears 2018 and 2022 hosts Russia and Qatar of any malfeasance.
Eckert's report does assert wrongdoing by England in its bid efforts, a charge the club denies.
Regardless, only hours after Fifa released Eckert's report and announced that World Cup host cities wouldn't change, Garcia lambasted the summary, claiming he would appeal Fifa's decision and charging his work had been manipulated.
He called Eckert's findings, "incomplete" and "erroneous."
Before Garcia came out against the summary, Fifa was quoted:
Fifa welcomes the fact that a degree of closure has been reached. As such, Fifa looks forward to continuing the preparations for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022, which are already well under way.
Now, there's clamoring for Garcia's report to be released in its entirety.
For now, it doesn't appear Russia and Qatar will lose their opportunity to host the next two World Cups.
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