Michael Garcia, the lawyer appointed by FIFA to conduct an independent investigation into claims of corruption during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, claims the 42-page report published today (Thursday) is ‘erroneous’.
The American has released a statement just hours after the report became public, and in it he’s claimed that facts have not been clearly portrayed to the public.
The report "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions”, said Garcia, according to the BBC.
On initial publication, the report cleared both Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, despite the controversial nature of their victories in the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.
The English Football Association also came in for heavy criticism in regards to their relationship with Jack Warner, a former FIFA vice-president, and efforts to secure votes in a failed bid to land the 2018 event.
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Any hope that Sepp Blatter might have had over this investigation ending the controversy surrounding the process back in December 2010 are now in tatters, with more questions than answers at the feet of world football's governing body.
Han Joachim Eckert, FIFA's independent ethics adjudicator, is the man who is set to be at the centre of the storm, after the German judge put the report together based on Garcia's original findings.
British MP Damien Collins has already waded into the debate, labelling the report a 'whitewash' and a 'con'. He also pushed claims to see Garcia's full and original findings, which would surely end all controversy.
"It is a whitewash as it is an attempt to con people that there has been a full and independent investigation when there has not been," he said.
"The result is that allegations of bribery and serious wrongdoing remain unanswered and they are still suppressing the full report."