The Federation de Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday released a full report on alleged corruption in bidding for its 2018 and 2022 World Cup competitions.
“For the sake of transparency, FIFA welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published,” the soccer league said in a statement.
ESPN FC on Tuesday reported that the 2014 report was created by independent ethics investigator Michael J. Garcia.
Garcia reportedly said in the 430-page dossier that some bidders stretched the rules of ethical conduct to the limit.
“A number of executive committee members sought to obtain personal favours or benefits that would enhance their stature within their home countries or confederations,” he wrote.
Twitter users on Tuesday weighed in on the so-called “Garcia Report,” which was compiled following controversy over a FIFA executive committee lineup in 2010.
No silver bullet in Garcia report but a must-read - exhaustive, embarrassing account of how WC bids fawned over a desperate bunch of toads— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) June 27, 2017
FIFA publishes full Garcia Report into bidding to host 2018, 2022 World Cups; no major corruption from Russia or Qatar proven— Wendi (@Sportsenthusiat) June 27, 2017
Critics have argued that bid leaders in Russia and Qatar engaged in wrongdoing to earn the FIFA committee’s votes to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.
ESPN FC reported that most of the 2010 committee voters have since been banned for unethical conduct.
Several members have also been indicted by the Justice Department, according to the sports outlet.
Swiss federal prosecutors purportedly also have 25 ongoing investigations involving more than 170 bank transactions suspected as money laundering.