World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, announced a review of its own investigation into alleged corruption during bidding by Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.
The November 20 announcement came as FIFA faced a storm of criticism for lack of transparency and refusing to release the full report on its investigation.
Hans-Joachim Eckert, head of FIFA’s ethics committee, said FIFA investigator Michael Garcia's report did not produce enough evidence to prove FIFA officials accepted bribes from Russia and Qatar.
But Garcia said the summary released by Eckert on his 18-month probe contained factual omissions and misrepresentations.
Garcia has called for his original report to be released to the public in its entirety.
FIFA now says the full report will be given to Dominic Scala, head of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, to determine if more from the report should be provided to FIFA’s Executive Committee.