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FIFA Scandal Continues - dismisses complaint by own investigator
11:57 PM Tue 16th Dec, 2014 - Admin
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A complaint by the man who spent two years investigating World Cup corruption claims for Fifa has been dismissed by football's governing body.

US lawyer Michael Garcia's findings were released as a 42-page summary by Fifa-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.

Garcia said his summary was "incomplete and erroneous" and he appealed against it to Fifa's Appeal Committee.

However, it has now ruled that Garcia's complaint is "not admissible".

In a statement, Fifa said German Eckert's summary was "neither legally binding nor appealable".

Garcia was appointed by Fifa to lead the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar following a series of damaging allegations.

A complaint by two whistleblowers who said their confidentiality was compromised after they gave evidence to Garcia's inquiry has also been dismissed by Fifa.

Phaedra Al Majid and Bonita Mersiades spoke to Fifa about alleged corruption on condition of anonymity.

They said they were "clearly identifiable" when the summary of Fifa's report was released.

But Fifa says there are "no grounds" for opening disciplinary proceedings.

A Fifa spokesman said: "No names were mentioned in the statement and any information provided was of a general nature. Thus, there was no divulgence of any information of a confidential nature."

From the BBC.
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