Garcia Report extracts suggest FIFA whitewashed corruption

30 June 2017

Extracts of the original FIFA commissioned 'Garcia report' into corruption in the 2022 World Cup bid awarded to Qatar published by German newspaper Bild this week, show Football's governing body played down the reports revelations.

In 2010, the FIFA bidding process awarded Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar with the following edition. Then, following a series of news media revelations into alleged corruption prompted judicial investigations in France, Switzerland and the US, FIFA hired US prosecutor Michael Garcia to lead an internal inquiry into whether the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup respected the ethical code of the association. 
FIFA decided not to publish the complete report, opting instead to release a 42 page summary of the report, which was judged by Garcia as “incomplete and erroneous”. 
Bild's publication of extracts from the original report indicate: “a former executive committee member congratulated members of the Qatari federation and thanked them by mail for a transfer of several hundred thousand euros”, just after the bidding. Also, “two million dollars from an unknown source arrived in the savings account of the 10-year-old daughter of a FIFA member”.
Other revelations concern the Qatari Aspire Academy which appears to have largely manipulated the bidding process. Likewise, the Garcia report relates that the Qatari federation provided a private jet to three FIFA executives for a party in Rio De Janeiro.
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