Gar­cia to ap­peal re­port clear­ing bid­ding process

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LONDON: Michael Gar­cia, chair­man of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing cham­ber of Fifa’s ethics com­mit­tee, plans to ap­peal against the re­port by world soc­cer’s rul­ing body into the bid­ding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, he said yes­ter­day.

The tour­na­ments are set go ahead in Rus­sia and Qatar as planned after Fifa’s ethics com­mit­tee said they could find no grounds for re-open­ing the con­tro­ver­sial bid­ding process. “To­day’s decision by the Chair­man of the Ad­ju­di­ca­tory Cham­ber con­tains nu­mer­ous ma­te­ri­ally in­com­plete and er­ro­neous rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the facts and con­clu­sions de­tailed in the In­ves­ti­gat­ing Cham­ber’s re­port. I in­tend to ap­peal this decision to the Fifa Ap­peal Com­mit­tee,” Gar­cia said in a state­ment.

In a long-awaited re­port, the ethics com­mit­tee said that “the var­i­ous in­ci­dents which might have oc­curred are not suited to com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of the Fifa World Cup 2018/2022 bid­ding process as a whole”.

Mean­while, Eng­land’s Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has re­jected the Fifa ethics com­mit­tee re­port re­leased yes­ter­day which said they harmed the im­age of world soc­cer’s rul­ing body dur­ing the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bid­ding process.

Fifa crit­i­cised Eng­land’s bid for the 2018 tour­na­ment and sug­gested the FA had be­haved im­prop­erly when try­ing to win the back­ing of for­mer Fifa vi­cepres­i­dent Jack Warner, who quit his role in 2011 amid bribery al­le­ga­tions.

“We do not ac­cept any crit­i­cism re­gard­ing the in­tegrity of Eng­land’s bid or any of the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved,” an FA spokesman said. “We con­ducted a trans­par­ent bid and, as the re­port demon­strates with its ref­er­ence to the Eng­land bid team’s ‘full and valu­able co­op­er­a­tion’, will­ingly com­plied with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” – Reuters

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