UK government calls on FIFA to make World Cup report public
United Kingdom Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid is calling on FIFA to release the full report from its investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, according to BBC.
Javid wrote a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter asking for the full report to be made public, arguing that the way FIFA has so far handled the report "further calls into question their independence and transparency."
A 42-page summary of the full report was released earlier this month and cleared both Qatar and Russia of any wrongdoing. Michael Garcia, who wrote the full report and is the chair of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee, said the summary "contains numerous incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in [my] report," and is appealing the summary.
"Without the disclosure of the full report, FIFA risks not just further damage to its own credibility, but significant damage to the reputation of football as a whole," Javid said.
Blatter has repeatedly insisted that the full report will not be made public, despite calls to publish the complete document from individuals like UEFA president Michel Platini and U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.
The president of the German Football League has threatened that UEFA could leave FIFA if the World Cup bidding report is not published in full.
Last week, FIFA announced that the full report will be reviewed by an official from FIFA's Audit and Compliance Committee.
- Molly Geary