The unedited 2014 report into World Cup bidding published by Michael Garcia has been ‘leaked’ into the press by German publication Bild.
FIFA had released a 42-page version of the report that claimed to clear corruption allegations against Qatar. This “suppressed” report is over 400 pages.
Garcia quit his job as investigator with the FIFA ethics committee in 2014, saying he believed progress in reforming FIFA had slowed considerably.
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Bild said it will publish more information and the full report on Tuesday, but the BBC notes a couple interesting facets of the initial release:
- “Three Fifa executive members were flown to a party in Rio in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote for 2018 and 2022 hosting rights.”
- “Bild’s report includes details of a $2m (£1.6m) sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.”
Before you overreact, the 10-year-old is an incredibly gifted footballer.
The reporter who filed the story says the report shows no proof of a bought bid, but that it is like “a puzzle.”