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FIFA to Release Names of Officials Under Investigation Wednesday

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The FIFA Chairman of Audit and Compliance Domenico Scala talks to the media during a FIFA press conference on Dec. 19, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco.

The FIFA Chairman of Audit and Compliance Domenico Scala talks to the media during a FIFA press conference on Dec. 19, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco.

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FIFA’s ethics committee will reveal the names of soccer officials under internal investigation, starting Wednesday. The newfound openness is a radical change for the governing body and may finger some of FIFA’s top officials, including some of those responsible for awarding Russia and Qatar the next two World Cups.

Until FIFA’s executive committee voted Tuesday to change the rules, the ethics committee wasn’t allowed to identify the targets or the nature of its inquiries. The panel will delay identifying any officials by a day to allow them to be notified that their names are going to be made public.