Fifa report `erroneous`, says lawyer who investigated corruption claims
 Tbilisi 17:24 - 13.11.14 «GHN»
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The findings of Fifa's inquiry into allegations of corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups have been questioned - by the man who conducted the two-year investigation into the claims, reports GHN based on BBC.
In an unexpected twist, lawyer Michael Garcia says the report "contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions".
The 42-page report cleared both Russia and Qatar, who will host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, of wrongdoing.
It also accused the English Football Association of flouting bid rules and damaging Fifa's image.
Fifa, the body that governs world football, welcomed the report and said it brought closure to the damaging episode.
But Garcia's statement, issued less than four hours after the report was published, reopens the debate about the validity of the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 competitions.
It also raises concerns about the work of Hans-Joachim Eckert, Fifa's independent ethics adjudicator, who wrote the report.
Eckert, a German judge, based his findings on the work of Garcia, who had been appointed by Fifa to conduct an independent investigation into claims of corruption.
Garcia says he now intends to contact Fifa's appeals committee.
News of Garcia's attack on its report is likely to come as blow and an embarrassment to Fifa, which has been attempting to address allegations of corruption within its organisation.


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