Reports emerging confirm that FIFA has taken a major step and have published a contentious internal report that contained details of the 2018 and 2022 world cup bidding process after a German newspaper received and published the leak this week.
The details of the report which was issued by FIFA’s chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia in 2014 had been hidden until a copy was obtained by Bild who went on and started publishing the content on Tuesday.
The revelation that was first revealed by the report was no news. However, it revealed some unpleasant details of the ill-famed 2010 vote that enabled the assignment of the 2018 world Cup rights to Russia and the 2022 World Cup rights to Qatar.
Bild were expected to release more extremely critical revelations about the Qatari bid on Wednesday only for FIFA to take the bull by the horn and publish the full report on its official website.
According to FIFA through a statement, the decision to make the report public was made by the body’s new bosses of its independent ethics committee, namely chief investigator Maria Claudia Rojas and lead judge Vassillos Skouris
It was further revealed that FIFA president Gianni Infantino alongside members of the FIFA council had been agitating for the move for more than a year, but their action was impeded by the predecessors of Skouris and Rojas, Cornel Borbely and Hans-Joachim Eckert who were replaced last month in an abrupt manner.
Borberly is a said to have co-authored the report alongside Garcia while Eckert wrote a highly controversial 42 page summary of the report which was immediately dismissed by Garcia before resignation.
The FIFA Statement read: “The ethics committee will meet in its full composition under the new chairpersons for the first time next week, and it was already planned to use this opportunity to discuss the publication of the report.
“However, as the document has been illegally leaked to a German newspaper, the new chairpersons have requested the immediate publication of the full report (including the reports on the Russian and US bid teams, which were conducted by Mr Borbely alone) in order to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information.
“For the sake of transparency, FIFA welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published.”