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Platini: Fifa credibility at stake over report

Michel Platini is hoping for a successful outcome. Credit: PA

Uefa president Michel Platini says the credibility of Fifa depends on the report in the World Cup bidding process.

Platini, who has been frequently critical of Sepp Blatter, was speaking after Fifa announced they would release Michael Garcia's findings.

"This is a step in right direction. Let us hope that the (corruption) report can now be published as quickly as possible. The credibility of Fifa depends on it," Platini told the media on Friday.

Blatter: The Fifa crisis stops today

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he will turn round the organisation following a period of 'crisis'.

Blatter, who intends to stand for the presidency for a fifth time, was speaking after it was announced Michael Garcia's report into the World Cup bidding process would be published.

Sepp Blatter wants to end the crisis. Credit: PA

Blatter told journalists: "It's not the first time we have been in a critical situation. We will fight. But we need your help, you are making public opinion.

"We have been in a crisis, but today the crisis stopped. I will bring back FIFA. But not alone. I need my Exco & the FIFA family."

Blatter: World Cups will not be revoked

Sepp Blatter will have the report published. Credit: PA

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be hosted by Russia and Qatar, as intended

Blatter said "external legal experts" supported the view that "there are no legal grounds" to revoke the controversial vote in 2010 to award the World Cups to the respective nations.

Fifa president Blatter: The truth will be shown

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he is pleased that Michael Garcia's report into the World Cup bidding process will be published.

Blatter hopes the publication will help boost public confidence in the organisation after the summary of the report was heavily criticised.

Sepp Blatter seems quite happy with the outcome. Credit: PA

"I am pleased they have agreed. It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical," Blatter said in a statement.

"We have always been determined that the truth should be known.

"It is clear that while a summary of the report was issued, the publication of this report has become a barrier to rebuilding public confidence and trust in FIFA.

"Now it is important that the work of the Ethics Committee continues and that any instances of wrongdoing are fully investigated and their perpetrators pursued and sanctioned."

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Fifa to publish Garcia World Cup report

Michael Garcia resigned over the handling of his report. Credit: Reuters

Fifa's executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish Michael Garcia's reporting into the World Cup bidding process.

The decision was taken following a meeting in Morocco, but there was no vote taken. The report will not be published until charges against three Fifa ExCo members are resolved.

Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, gave a presentation to the ExCo suggesting the report should be published in an "appropriate form" - with all names and other details redacted.

Fifa President Blatter 'surprised' at Garcia resignation

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The President of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, has said that he is "surprised" at the decision of chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia to resign after his his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups was rejected.

In an official statement, Mr Blatter said:

I am surprised by Mr Garcia’s decision. The work of the Ethics Committee will nonetheless continue and will be a central part of the discussions at the ExCo meeting in the next two days.

– Sepp Blatter

Fifa said it will appoint an acting chairman to serve as a replacement for Mr Garcia on the Ethics Committee, pending an election to replace him.

Michael Garcia resigns in protest over Fifa ethics report

US lawyer Michael Garcia, ex-Fifa chief ethics investigator. Credit: Reuters

US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned his position as Fifa's chief ethics investigator in protest.

In his resignation letter, Mr Garcia said he disagreed with governing body of football's decision to reject his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups.

He also mentions a "lack of leadership" within Fifa, saying he cannot change the culture of the world governing body.

It now appears that, at least for the foreseeable future, the Eckert Decision will stand as the final word on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process. While the Appeal Committee's decision notes that further appeal may be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, I have concluded that such a course of action would not be practicable in this case.

No independent governance committee, investigator, or arbitration panel can change the culture of an organization. And while the November 13, 2014, Eckert Decision made me lose confidence in the independence of the Adjudicatory Chamber, it is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end.

Accordingly, effective today, December 17, 2014, I am resigning as independent Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

– Michael Garcia

FIFA reject Michael Garcia ethics report appeal

Garcia's appeal has been dismissed by FIFA. Credit: Reuters

FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia has lost his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups.

Garcia last month claimed a statement by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on his report into bidding for the World Cups had contained "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions" and announced he would appeal.

That appeal has now been declared inadmissible by FIFA's appeals committee, who said Eckert's statement was not a legally-binding decision and therefore could not be appealed against.

Eckert's statement said any rule breaches by the bidding countries were "of very limited scope", adding: "In particular, the effects of these occurrences on the bidding process as a whole were far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it."

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