FIFA’s Blatter Rejects FA Chairman’s Call to Publish Report

FIFA President Sepp Blatter again rejected calls to release its full investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Soccer’s governing body is bound by Swiss law and its own rules for confidentiality, Blatter said in a letter to England’s Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke published on FIFA’s website. Publication of portions may be possible if the persons and entities involved waive any legal action, he said.

“I would therefore like to ask you whether we may interpret your letter as providing consent,” to publish the portions of the report relating to England’s World Cup bid, Blatter wrote.

The head of FIFA’s ethics committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, last week released a 42-page summary of the report that found insufficient evidence to reopen voting. It was challenged by the original investigator, Michael Garcia, as “incomplete and erroneous.” The men are scheduled to meet tomorrow. FIFA yesterday asked the Swiss attorney general to investigate potential criminal activity uncovered in the probe.

Blatter said he personally has not seen the report.

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