German Football League president threatens UEFA could leave FIFA

Friday November 14th, 2014

The president of the German Football League (DFL) has threatened that UEFA could leave FIFA if the World Cup bidding report is not published in full, according to ESPN FC.

On Thursday, a released 42-page report cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption after two countries were chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The report was a summary of independent investigator Michael Garcia's examination of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.

FIFA has vowed to keep the full report from the public eye, despite objections by Garcia. Garcia is appealing the published report, which he claims is incomplete and contains "numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions."

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Dr. Reinhard Rauball, the president of the DFL, told German website kicker that if FIFA does not release the full details, there should be "serious consideration" of the idea of UEFA departing from FIFA, and that the report "has shaken the foundations of FIFA." From Rauball:

"As a solution, two things must happen: Not only must the decision of the Ethics Committee be published, but Mr Garcia's bill of indictment too, so it becomes clear what the charges were and how they were judged."

"Additionally, the areas that were not evaluated [in the report] and whether that was justified [should be published]. It must be made public. That is the only way FIFA can deal with the complete loss of credibility."

"If this doesn't happen and the crisis is not resolved in a credible manner, we have to entertain the question of whether you are actually still in good hands with FIFA."

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