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.
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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