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On Tuesday soccer’s world governing body rejected the appeal from its own ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia regarding how his World Cup bid investigation was handled.
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FIFA deemed Garcia’s appeal as “not admissible” after the American lawyer had objected the summary given by ethics judge Joachim Eckert’s about his investigation into the World Cup bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups.
Garcia claimed that there were “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations” of his investigation in Eckert’s summary after the latter dismissed both Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing in the bidding process.
Since Garcia launched the appeal, FIFA have decided to look further into Eckert’s report after initially closing the investigation into the World Cup bidding process. Soccer’s world governing body have said the report is not a final decision on the accusations of scandal, bribery and corruption, but the fact that they have thrown out Garcia’s appeal suggests that they believe in Eckert’s conclusion.
It is believed that Garcia may be able to take his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as this entire episode takes another farcical twist.