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FIFA Scandal Grows - Ethics Investigator Resigns
10:14 AM Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - Admin
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Michael Garcia, the American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process, has resigned from the FIFA ethics committee in protest over the handling of his findings.

Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement on Wednesday.

He also said he has lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.

Though Garcia did not identify Sepp Blatter by name, he also revealed that the FIFA executive committee -- led by the longtime president -- made a failed complaint of unethical conduct against the former U.S. Attorney in September.

Speaking at the Club World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, Blatter told The Associated Press he was stunned by Garcia's decision to resign.

"I'm just surprised," Blatter said. "It's all what I can say. Just that."

The former U.S. attorney quit a day after the FIFA appeals panel rejected his challenge of Eckert's summary of the confidential 430-page investigation dossier.

Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, and Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament.

After Eckert's summary was made public, Garcia claimed that the German judge had misrepresented his work and then launched his failed appeal.

"[My] report identified serious and wide-ranging issues with the bidding and [World Cup host] selection process," Garcia wrote, adding that Eckert's decision "made me lose confidence in the independence of the Adjudicatory Chamber, [but] it is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end."

From ESPN Soccernet.
Source: Soccernet
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