Fifa publishes controversial Garcia Report into World Cup bidding in full

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Fifa has previously resisted calls to publish the report (Source: Getty)

World governing body Fifa has taken the extraordinary step of publishing a controversial report into alleged corruption around the World Cup bidding process.

The Garcia Report, written in 2014 but only ever published in a highly edited form, examined bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Fifa, which has previously resisted calls to publish the document in full, made the report available on its website after German newspaper Bild said it had obtained a copy of the 359-page document.

Fifa said:

"The Ethics Committee will meet in its full composition under the new chairpersons for the first time next week, and it was already planned to use this opportunity to discuss the publication of the report. However, as the document has been illegally leaked to a German newspaper, the new chairpersons have requested the immediate publication of the full report in order to avoid the dissemination of any misleading information.

"For the sake of transparency, FIFA welcomes the news that this report has now been finally published.

American lawyer Michael Garcia quit as Fifa's independent ethics investigator in 2014 over the handling of his report.

The version published by Fifa ran to just 42 pages and found Qatar not guilty of corruption in its bidding for the 2022 event.

A Bild reporter who said he received a leaked copy has insisted that it does not provide proof that either tournament had been bought.

The full report can be read here.

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