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FIFA publishes investigator's report on World Cup corruption

FIFA PUBLISHES INVESTIGATORS REPORT ON WORLD CUP CORRUPTION

FIFA published the report of former investigator Michael Garcia that examines possible corruption around the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar

After more than two and a half years, world football body FIFA on Tuesday published the report of former investigator Michael Garcia that examines possible corruption around the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

The report was published on FIFA's website after a decision by the ethics committee.

Earlier on Tuesday, Germany's Bild tabloid said it had gained access to Garcia's unpublished report.

Bild reported that the 430-page Garcia report includes that three FIFA executives were flown to Rio de Janeiro for a party in a private jet of Qatar's federation ahead of the vote; that 2 million dollars were paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a FIFA official; and details the role of the famous Aspire sports academy in Doha.

Garcia, a former US attorney, was hired by FIFA to look into corruption allegations around the bid process. He submitted his report on all bidders in 2014 but FIFA's leadership decided not to publish it.

Garcia resigned in December 2014 in protest over the decision not to publish the report and a summary compiled by FIFA's leading judge, Hans-Joachim Eckert, which cleared Qatar.

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