A “legally appropriate version” of Michael Garcia’s report of the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be released in the near future.
FIFA executives agreed to release a version that is expected to be heavily-redacted, according to the BBC.
This is a considerable turn of events, and likely the culmination of many confederation threats and public uproar over FIFA’s handling of alleged bribes in the bidding for hosting rights of the world’s biggest soccer tournament.
Perhaps the final straw was Garcia’s resignation over FIFA’s handling of his report. Garcia cited a lack of leadership in FIFA and dwindling faith in ethics judge Joachim Eckert.
It will be released once investigations into five individuals are completed.
Fifa had originally resisted pressure from Garcia and others to reveal his findings.
The American lawyer said the findings released, following his two-year investigation into allegations of corruption, were “incomplete and erroneous”.
Asked if Garcia’s resignation was a new low for world football’s governing body, Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce responded: “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
And to think, all it took was months and months of continuous anger and frustration from nearly everyone who wasn’t a part of FIFA itself. One has to wonder what’s next from Sepp Blatter and company.