By RYAN TOLMICH
Following all of the outrage, criticism and downright resentment, FIFA is finally set to give the people what they want.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced Friday that the organization is set to release the report surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in an “appropriate form” in the near future. The announcement comes just two days after the resignation of Michael Garcia, the American lawyer who commissioned the report.
“The FIFA Executive Committee unanimously agreed to ask the Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to publish the report in an appropriate form once the ongoing procedures against individuals are concluded,” Blatter said. “I am pleased they have agreed.
“It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical. We have always been determined that the truth should be known.”
However, Blatter also revealed that, regardless of the report’s findings, the organization will not revisit the bidding process for the pair of controversial World Cups, although FIFA will use the new evidence in an effort for future reform.
“But the report is about history and I am focused on the future,” Blatter said. “We will not revisit the 2018 and 2022 vote and a report by independent, external legal experts commissioned by (Audit and Compliance Committee Chairman Domenico) Scala supports the view that there are no legal grounds to revoke the Executive Committee’s decision on the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
“We are already in the process of incorporating recommendations made by independent experts including the Ethics Committee for how the FIFA World Cup selection process can be improved so that everyone can be confident that the 2026 bidding process will be fair, ethical and open.”
In addition, Blatter responded to criticism regarding the report’s original secrecy, as the FIFA president insists that the organization was just following due process.
“It is clear that while a summary of the report was issued, the publication of this report has become a barrier to rebuilding public confidence and trust in FIFA,” Blatter added. “Part of this is due to the fact that we have been deliberate in the way that we have moved through the process.
“We need to ensure that we respect the rules of our organization and that we do not breach confidentiality in a way that will prevent people from speaking out in the future.”
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