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Garcia report wanted in full

2014-11-15 15:49
Michael Garcia (AFP)

Berlin - FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger is reportedly ready to call for the full publication by football's ruling body of a report from investigator Michael Garcia on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

"I will now proceed with this," Germany's Bild paper on Saturday quoted Zwanziger as saying.

The former German football federation president Zwanziger expressed his belief that there will be proceedings, and he didn't rule out sanctions against fellow executives.

"The full result of the World Cup allocation must be judged after these cases," Zwanziger said in Bild.

FIFA vetoes full publication of Garcia's report although the American prosecutor himself wants it to be made available.

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on Thursday cleared Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) to host the next World Cups despite "potentially problematic facts and circumstances" - involving other bidders as well - which did however not warrant re-opening the bid process.

Eckert's report, bashed on that of Garcia, was dismissed by Garcia because it "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the investigatory chamber's report."

Garcia notified FIFA on Friday that he will appeal against Eckert's conclusions.

Garcia and Eckert are co-chairman of the FIFA ethics committee, with Garcia in charge of the investigatory division and Eckert of the adjudicical chamber.

Eckert's summary triggered massive criticism, with calls growing louder for Garcia's version of the report to be published in full.

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