UEFA president Michel Platini has thrown his influential voice into the chorus calling for FIFA to publicly release the details of the report that investigates the alleged corruption in regards to the World Cup being awarded to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
The BBC is reporting that Platini will not stand in the way of the report’s release despite some FIFA executives demands to keep it in house.
FIFA’s “ethics judge”, Joachim Eckert, has been loud and proud in his belief that only a small sampling of the report will be made public. Many see that as less a matter of confidentiality and more a matter of protecting the old boys club.
Yesterday, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati joined American lawyer Michael Garcia, who conducted the investigation, in supporting the full release of the report.
Enter Platini. From the BBC:
Uefa president Michel Platini will not oppose calls to disclose investigator Michael Garcia’s report into alleged World Cup corruption.
Fifa has previously said the findings of Garcia’s investigation into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will not be made public.
American lawyer Garcia has called for his report to be published.
Platini is the latest senior Fifa figure to break ranks after Garcia called for greater transparency.
Garcia’s report will be discussed at at Fifa’s executive committee meeting on Friday.
Platini’s a bit of a wild card. Just last week he refused to return an expensive watch illegally given to him, opting to donate it to charity instead. And now his weighing in on — or decision not to oppose the release of — the Garcia report is a decent-size step in getting the information out there.