ZURICH – World football body Fifa will hold a new review of an investigation into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, widening access to a report written by a former US prosecutor into alleged corruption.
The step was announced on Thursday after a meeting in Zurich between chief investigator Michael Garcia, who led an 18-month probe into the controversial campaigns of Russia and Qatar, and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. The two have been at loggerheads over how much of the report should be made public.
Under their new accord the whole report will be given to the head of Fifa’s audit and compliance committee who would then decide how much detail should be given to the body’s all-powerful executive committee to decide any next steps.
Eckert said last week that Garcia’s investigation had not produced enough evidence to warrant a revote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. But Garcia protested that Eckert had misrepresented his findings and declared that he would appeal against the actions of Fifa’s ethics judge. The Fifa leadership has also faced widespread pressure to allow the full publication of the investigation. – AFP