Former New York District Attorney turned FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia was in London on Monday, giving a speech at historic Fishmongers Hall.
If that name evokes the nauseating smell of organisms that are cold, slimy, slippery and sometimes rotten … well, it sounds like the perfect place to hold a discussion about FIFA ethics.
Garcia spent 18 months looking into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, producing his report last month. Since? Nothing. Nobody outside FIFA’s Zurich fortress has seen the tome.
We don’t know what it said, and we can only assume, given Garcia’s limited powers to compel senior FIFA figures to talk, that it didn’t say all that much. But it’d be nice to know for sure.
Garcia has repeatedly said he wants the report to be made public, reiterating that call today, but for some hard-to-fathom reason, senior FIFA figures don’t appear to want this to happen. And of course Garcia can’t accidentally-on-purpose leave a copy on a bus in Zurich, or email it to the Washington Post “by mistake,” because that would be unethical.
The Guardian’s Owen Gibson was at the speech to hear Garcia call out his bosses:
No one needs to read the 350-page report to know that as long as Sepp Blatter is president — until the end of time, apparently — any real hope of meaningful change in FIFA sleeps with the fishes.
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