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Investigator Michael Garcia resigns after losing Fifa appeal

US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned as Fifa's independent ethics investigator after losing his appeal challenging the findings to clear Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Garcia has issued a statement criticising Fifa's "lack of leadership", saying he cannot change the culture of the world governing body.

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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.

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