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FIFA turn down Garcia’s appeal

FIFA on Tuesday rejected an appeal by former US prosecutor Michael Garcia against the handling of his inquiry into alleged corruption around the Russian and Qatar bids for the 2018 and 2022 WCs.

A FIFA appeal committee ruled that the request made by Garcia was “not admissible.” It also turned down complaints by two people who gave evidence to Garcia’s inquiry that their cover had been blown by FIFA’s actions. Garcia, who spent 18 months probing the WC votes won by Russia and Qatar in 2010, had complained a summary of his report released by FIFA’s top judge Hans-Joachim Eckert was “incomplete and erroneous.”

Eckert said in a summary of Garcia’s report the inquiry had not uncovered evidence of corruption and there should be no re-vote. The judge also reaffirmed FIFA’s insistence that the full Garcia report could not be released to protect the identities of some people named by the inquiry.
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