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FIFA closes Garcia era with promise to publish redacted report, but no revote

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent, in Marrakesh
December 19 - It led to the resignation of its author and involved months and months of chaos and confusion. But FIFA finally agreed today to publish what Sepp Blatter described as the "famous" Michael Garcia report into possible corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.

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Garcia report to be published, no grounds to strip Russia or Qatar

Sepp Blatter 16By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 19 – FIFA will publish the investigative report by its former chief investigator Michael Garcia into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that were awarded to Russia and Qatar. But president Sepp Blatter said there will be no revote.

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Breaking news: FIFA to publish Garcia report after current investigations end

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 19 – FIFA will officially announce later today that it will publish the investigative report by its former chief investigator Michael Garcia into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that were awarded to Russia and Qatar.

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News analysis: What next at the Marrakesh bizarre?

FIFA House4By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 18 - The fallout from Michael Garcia's resignation as FIFA's chief investigator continued apace today as world football's governing body met to consider their next move amid collective shock and surprise among the organisation's top brass.

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Garcia quits FIFA role having 'lost confidence' in the ethics process

Michael J GarciaBy Andrew Warshaw
December 17 - FIFA was plunged into renewed crisis and confusion when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia sensationally resigned today in protest over the handling of his report into possible corruption during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.

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Whistleblowers' confidentiality complaints fall on deaf ears

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw
December 17 - The two whistleblowers interviewed during Michael Garcia's World Cup corruption probe have had their complaints that they were unfairly identified rejected by FIFA.

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Garcia appeal ruled 'not admissable', Eckert's summary was not a judgment

FIFA HouseBy Andrew Warshaw
December 17 - The timing could have not have been more apt. Just as their top brass gather in Morocco for what could prove a pivotal executive committee meeting, so FIFA's appeals committee has made an attempt to close another chapter in the seemingly interminable 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption probe.

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FIFA on alert as Swiss tighten laws to keep a closer eye on sports bodies

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw
December 15 - Strict new legislation has been passed in Switzerland aimed at fighting money laundering among sports officials by tightening up the scrutiny of bank accounts held by governing bodies such as Fifa and the International Olympic Committee.

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FIFA switch World Club semi from Rabat as deluge dampens the fiesta

Club World Cup logoBy Mark Baber
December 15 - The quarter finals of the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday saw Kiwi semi-professionals Auckland City go through at the expense of African Champions ES Setif whilst Mexican side Cruz Azul controversially defeated Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers on a waterlogged pitch, thanks largely to some remarkable refereeing.

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