FIFA official rules out full publication of the Garcia report

Image: FIFA may not publish the full Garcia report

FIFA say the full Garcia report into the World Cup bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups may not be made fully public.

FIFA's ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert is still studying the report produced by his counterpart Michael Garcia into whether there was corruption in the process which led to the 2018 tournament being awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, and expects to issue a statement on his findings by mid-November.            

"The statement will contain an overview of the investigation report, a summary of the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report, as well as a brief evaluation of the same," Eckert said in an interview published on FIFA's website.              

One of his tasks would be to decide which parts of the report could be made public, he added.

Several members of FIFA's own executive committee have called for the report to be made public, as well as FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne.

Speaking in London on Monday, Garcia criticised FIFA for not conducting its ethics investigations in an open manner and called for the report to be made public in line with "the goals of the reform process".

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