Garcia quits FIFA position


Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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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.

He said: “Accordingly, effective today, December 17, 2014, I am resigning as independent chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee.”

Garcia, who discovered on Tuesday that he had lost his appeal against the findings by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, said it would have been “impractical” to take the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

His statement adds: “The appeal committee also overlooked the Eckert decision’s self-described ‘findings’, including one stating that “the evaluation of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process is closed for the FIFA ethics committee.

“FIFA president [Sepp] Blatter recently reaffirmed that ‘finding’ during an interview published by FIFA, stating: ‘Furthermore, there is no change to Judge Eckert’s statement that the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups is concluded.’

“I disagree with the appeal committee’s decision. 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.”

Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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