Monday November 17th, 2014

Qatar's former head of international media, Phaedra Almajid, claims FIFA judge Hans-Joachim Eckert "falsely discredit[ed]" her during his investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, The Associated Press' Graham Dunbar reports.

Almajid said her right to witness confidentiality was violated by Eckert after her identity as a whistleblower was made public in July 2011.

In a letter seen by the AP, she writes that Eckert "falsely discredits me in order to support his indefensible conclusion that the December 2010 bidding was wholly acceptable."
She says Eckert's report denounced her as unreliable in a "crude, cynical and fundamentally erroneous" summary of her cooperation.

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Last week, Eckert released his 42-page summary of Michael Garcia's investigation into alleged corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. The report cleared Qatar and Russia from wrongdoing. 

Garcia, however, said he did not support the summary that was released and plans to appeal. reported that some of Garcia's probe, including criticisms of individuals on FIFA's executive committee, was not included in Eckert's summary. 

“Today’s decision by the Chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber contains numerous incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in [my] report," Garcia said in a statement. "I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”

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