By Staff writer
US lawyer cites a 'lack of leadership' for resignation; comes a day after FIFA dismissed his complaint over report publication
FIFA's independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia on Wednesday resigned in protest over the handling of his report into the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding process.
His resignation comes a day after his complaint was dismissed by football's governing body.
US lawyer Garcia's findings were released as a 42-page summary by FIFA-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.
Garcia, who formerly served as chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, had appealed against Eckert's statement, saying it contained misrepresentations, but that appeal was ruled inadmissible by FIFA on Tuesday.
In a statement on Wednesday, he said: "It now appears that, at least for the foreseeable future, the Eckert decision will stand as the final word on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.
"While the Appeal Committee’s decision notes that further appeal may be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, I have concluded that such a course of action would not be practicable in this case.
"It is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end.
"Accordingly, effective today, December 17, I am resigning as independent Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Well at least there was one person in FIFA with morals and scruples.
But the FIFA pantomime will continue.
I am fully behind Mr. Garcia's decision.
The behaviour of FIFA gives the public (who, through ticket fees, membership fees, tv licence fees, indirect support through purchasing products of not only the "key sponsors", etc., actually pays FIFA's club of old men) any reason to believe that there are very "clear and well founded statements" to be found in the so-called Garcia Report, and that FIFA obviously seems to have good (or shouldn't it more honestly be bad) reason not to make this report public.
Fact is that I do not trust FIFA, I do not believe them any word they are telling us.
Key sponsors like Emirates and other sponsoring companies take a good decision not to extend their sponsorships.
Shame on FIFA.
Shame on Blatter.