Garcia report into Fifa's bidding process that awarded World Cups to … –

The long-awaited ‘Garcia report’ into the discredited bidding process for the next two World Cups has been dramatically leaked lafter German newspaper Bild began publishing extracts from the potentially-explosive document.
Details from the 430-page findings of one of the biggest investigations ever carried out within sport began to appear online and they did not make good reading for 2022 hosts Qatar.
According to one extract, the conduct of those seeking to bring football’s biggest tournament to the tiny but mega-rich Gulf state “served to undermine the integrity of the bidding process”.
That finding of the report, which was written in 2014 by former United States attorney Michael J Garcia, Fifa’s then chief investigator, appeared to contrast with a summary that was published in November of that year by the governing body’s head judge, Hans Joachim Eckert.
Garcia and Eckert both cited the role played in Qatar’s bid by the Aspire Academy, the country’s high-tech sports facility.

430 Seiten, die in die Abgründe der #FIFA führen…#GarciaReport #katar— Peter Rossberg (@PRossberg) 26 June 2017

The Garcia report concluded: “At a minimum, the targeting of Aspire-related resources to curry favour with executive committee members created the appearance of impropriety. Those actions served to undermine the integrity of the bidding process.”
However, the Eckert summary found: “The potentially problematic facts and circumstances identified by the report regarding the Qatar 2022 bid were, all in all, not suited to compromise the integrity of the Fifa World Cup 2018/2022 bidding process as a whole.”

Garcia resigned in protest at Eckert’s summary of his report, which he claimed contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts”.

The small number of other people familiar with the document insisted at the time that Garcia had not uncovered enough evidence for Russia or Qatar to be stripped of the next two World Cups.
The Bild reporter who obtained a copy of the report last night said it did not provide proof the 2018 and 2022 tournaments had been bought.
However, he cited the role it had played in the suspensions and criminal action against many of the world’s most senior football officials.
Fifa had refused to publish the full report while those criminal investigations were ongoing, a process that has already taken several years and is expected to last several more.


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