Garcia resigns from FIFA role

Michael Garcia, the independent ethics investigator for world football’s governing body FIFA has resigned in protest at the handling of his report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, BBC Sport has reported.

In December 2010, Russia was awarded the rights to host the 2018 World Cup, while the gulf state of Qatar was handed the 2022 tournament, but the bidding processes for both have resulted in many allegations of corruption, but they were recently cleared by FIFA following a lengthy investigation, led by Garcia.

However, the American’s 430-page report was released in the form of a 42-page summary by Hans-Joachim Eckert, another member of the ethics committee, leading to a complaint from Garcia that the summary was ‘erroneous’. This was rejected by FIFA.

In his resignation speech, Garcia questioned Eckert’s partiality, as well as those leading FOFA. He said: “It is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end. No independent governance committee, investigator, or arbitration panel can change the culture of an organisation.”

UEFA president Michel Platini – who is one of the leading figures calling for reform within FIFA – added: “We wanted all transparency but this is a new failure for FIFA.”

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