Section: World Cup

Football: FIFA World Cup report: Michael Garcia findings to be released

Fifa executives have unanimously agreed to publish a “legally appropriate version” of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption.

However, world football’s governing body insisted Russia and Qatar will stay as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he asked the executive committee to vote in favour of publishing the report.

“We have always been determined the truth should be known,” he said.

“That is, after all, why we set up an independent ethics committee with an investigatory chamber that has all necessary means to undertake investigations on its own initiative.”

So far only a disputed summary of Michael Garcia’s 430-page report into the bidding process for the forthcoming World Cups has been published.

Releasing the full report – which is likely be heavily redacted to preserve witness confidentiality – is a change in Fifa policy.

However, it will only be released once ongoing investigations into five individuals are completed.

The governing body had originally resisted pressure from both report author Garcia and others to publish the full report.

The American lawyer resigned on Wednesday after his appeal against the published summary of his report by fellow Fifa ethics committee chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert was dismissed.

Garcia said the findings released, following his two-year investigation into allegations of corruption, were “incomplete and erroneous”.

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Football: Garcia attacks report on own corruption investigation

FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia has attacked the report on his investigation into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, saying he will appeal against it.

Garcia said the 42-page report, written by Joachim Eckert – the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee – “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the investigatory chamber’s report.”

“I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee,” the former US Attorney said.

FIFA issued a short statement in response, in which it said only: “We take note of reports mentioning a statement issued by Michael Garcia.

However, for the time being Fifa has not been officially notified of this statement and is therefore not in a position to further comment on this matter at this stage. We will follow up in due time.”

FIFA had previously said the Garcia report could not be published in full for legal reasons.

His intervention means he has effectively dismissed the conclusions that FIFA has drawn from his two-year investigative process.

Britain’s FIFA vice president, Jim Boyce, said it increased the case for as much of his report “as is legally possible” to be made public.

Boyce told Press Association Sport: “In view of the fact Michael Garcia has now stated he is not happy with the findings and is to appeal, I await with interest to see what further disclosures will be made.”

Eckert’s report cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The document said no proof was found of bribes or voting pacts in an investigation that was hampered by a lack of access to evidence and uncooperative witnesses.

The FA hit back at the report, which heavily criticised England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, saying it does “not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England’s bid or any of the individuals involved”.

The report turned much of its fire on England’s conduct, saying it had “damaged the integrity of the ongoing bidding process.”

However, former England 2018 chief operating officer Simon Johnson dismissed the conclusions as a “politically-motivated whitewash.”

“I am not sure how we can have confidence in the outcome of this report,” he said. “The headlines today end up being about the England bid when it should be about how it has exonerated Qatar.

“In relation to England’s bid, I was satisfied at all times that we complied with the rules of the ethics code. We also gave full and transparent disclosure to the investigation, which many others did not do.”

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World Cup : Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned, the country’s football federation (CBF) has confirmed.


Scolari, 65, won the tournament in 2002 but the hosts could only finish fourth at this year’s event.

Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals then lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the play-off.

“Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board,” the CBF said in a statement.

“Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the national team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.”

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World Cup : Germany Win World Cup

Germany beat Argentina to win World Cup final with late Mario G¶tze goal.

Germany's Mario G¶tze (left) celebrates with Thomas Muller after scoring the winning goal during ext

When the goal finally arrived, 112 minutes into a long, wearing night, there were members of Germany’s entourage who seemed intent on re-enacting the infamous end to the Ryder Cup at Brookline in 1999. Their victory run, en masse, took them all the way from the dugout to the opposite side of the pitch where Andr© Sch¼rrle had set up Mario G¶tze for the decisive moment.

G¶tze had taken down Sch¼rrle’s cross on his chest with his first touch. His second was to arrow a left-foot volley into the net and that ensured Germany will always remember Rio de Janeiro with the same fondness as Bern in 1954, Munich in 1974 and Rome in 1990.

They are worthy champions, even if they could not play with the distinction that made their semi-final such a harrowing ordeal for Brazil, and it was a wonderful goal that ensured their name was engraved into the trophy for a fourth time. It is the culmination of a story that should be an inspiration to others, bringing together intelligent forward thinking and all those other established German qualities, and G¶tze is an apt match-winner as one of the new generation of players to come off the conveyor belt.

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World Cup : Luis Suarez Appeal Against Bite Ban Rejected

Fifa has rejected Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s appeal against a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.


Suarez was also banned for nine international matches after the incident at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Uruguayan FA had described Fifa’s ruling as an “excessive decision” for which “there was not enough evidence”.

Suarez can now make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Football’s global governing body also imposed a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs (£65,000) on Suarez, who has apologised for his behaviour.

Under the terms of the suspension, Suarez cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium, although players’ union Fifpro argue the details “lack clarity”.

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World Cup : Argentina Will Play Germany in 2014 Final

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final after beating the Netherlands on penalties in a drab semi-final in Sao Paulo.


Chances were rare during a forgettable 120 minutes, Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain poking the best opportunity into the side-netting in normal time.

Argentina’s Sergio Romero saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the shootout, before Maxi Rodriguez struck.

His winning penalty put Argentina into their first World Cup final since 1990.

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World Cup : Germany Thrash Hosts Brazil 7-1

Brazil’s World Cup dreams ended in humiliating and brutal fashion as Germany inflicted their heaviest defeat in the first semi-final in Belo Horizonte.


A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmare as Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.

Brazil’s players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off, but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years, and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.

Instead, Germany will meet either Argentina or Netherlands, who meet on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

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World Cup : Miroslav Klose Breaks Finals Goals Record

Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the record scorer in World Cup history by netting his 16th finals goal in the 7-1 semi-final victory over Brazil.


The 36-year-old Lazio striker put his country 2-0 ahead as they opened up a 5-0 half-time lead in Belo Horizonte.

Klose moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo by scoring against Ghana earlier in the competition.

Germany’s leading goalscorer with 71 goals in 136 games, he is the third player to net at four World Cup finals.

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World Cup : Brazil Can Cope Without Neymar

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says his side will cope without injured striker Neymar when they face Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final.


The 22-year-old has scored four of Brazil’s eight goals at the tournament but will play no further part after he suffered a fractured vertebra in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia.

Scolari said his squad were fully focused on the task at hand.

“Neymar has done his share. Now it’s up to us to do our share,” the coach said.

“We have accepted what has happened and we are focusing on other things.

“In this match we will be playing not just for ourselves [and] everything we’ve ever dreamed of, but also for Neymar and everything he’s done for us.”

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