Michael Garcia

FIFA

Garcia fallout and the 2026 World Cup

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With little on the field to get excited about, my thoughts turn to football politics.

The Michael Garcia report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awarding decisions has finally been published, but sadly did not provide enough ammunition to charge Russia and Qatar or strip them of their World Cup hosting.

FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA on Tuesday released a long-witheld report on the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote.

World football’s governing body had previously declined to publish in full the report into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar drawn up by US independent investigator Michael Garcia.

FIFA publishes Garcia Report on 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding inquiries

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With German publication BILD attaining a copy of the "Garcia Report," it seems FIFA has given in to outside pressure.

The world soccer governing body has published the Garcia Report and made it available via download. The report was written to investigate the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, make note of any issues, and make recommendations on reformations necessary to the bidding process.

Union face Sounders, Fernando loan, no on Palacios, US Gold Cup roster released, more

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Union host Seattle tonight. Curtin reveals Fernando Aristeguieta's loan will soon expire, says team will pass on Wilson Palacios. Klinsmann announces Gold Cup roster. Wambachgate. More.

Re-entry Draft phase 2 today, Clearwater spring training deal expected today, DC stadium deal approved, Garcia resigns, more

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Re-entry draft concludes today. Union expected to sign Clearwater spring training deal today. DC stadium deal gets final approval. FIFA investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest. More.

FIFA levels up the ridiculousness

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FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia has left the role after seeing his attempt to release more of the ethics report blocked. Read More

Investigator Michael Garcia Resigns Citing FIFA’s Lack Of Leadership

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US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from his position with FIFA, 24hours after the governing body dismissed his complaintregarding the handling of his investigation into World Cup corruption.

Garcia's findings which he detailed in a 430-page investigation were released as a 42-page summary by FIFA-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in mid-November.

Investigator Michael Garcia Resigns Citing FIFA’s Lack Of Leadership

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US lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from his position with FIFA, 24hours after the governing body dismissed his complaintregarding the handling of his investigation into World Cup corruption.

Garcia's findings which he detailed in a 430-page investigation were released as a 42-page summary by FIFA-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert in mid-November.

What FIFA finds inadmissible

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FIFA decides that Michael Garcia's appeal of the summary version of his report is inadmissible in Tuesday's soccer news roundup. Read More

Commodore Barry Bridge to get a facelift, Mbolhi in Group of Death, league news, more

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PPL Park's majestic backdrop, the Commodore Barry Bridge, to get a facelift. Rais Mbolhi's Algeria drawn in Africa Cup of Nations Group of Death. More news.

Valdes says Millonarios move “a very remote possibility,” report says “major changes” coming to Union-HCI, LA-NE MLS final, more

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Valdes on transfer rumors. Are changes coming to Union-Harrisburg partnership? LA to host NE in MLS Cup final. Report says MLS playoff field to increase in 2015. More.

Sepp Blatter urged to publish full Michael Garcia report

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Sepp Blatter has been urged to publish the full Michael Garcia report

The British government has asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to publicly reveal the details of Michael Garcia's report, that led to the controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cup bidding process.

Dispersal, Curtin says Edu “willing to play center back,” Blake wins Golden Glove, US embarrassed, more

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Dispersal Draft today. Union to host combine. Curtin says Edu willing to play D. Blake wins Golden Glove as Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup. US embarrassed in Ireland. Further FIFA fun.

Omertà

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The two women who acted as whistleblowers over the multiple corruptions within FIFA have been publicly traduced by Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert.
Bonita Mersiades and Phaedra Almajid both now live in fear for their families and themselves.
These FIFA corruptions have effectively been whitewashed in a secret report at the expense of the lives of two women.

6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

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You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified' silence.

In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full and thorough review of Michael Garcia's report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Report says Meulensteen to be named “a consultant,” FIFA clears Qatar and Russia, more

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Report says Rene Meulensteen will be named "a consultant 'to assist with the sporting director structure' of the Union. FIFA clears Qatar and Russia of corruption allegations in WC bids. More.

Why the Union fell short, USA faces Honduras tonight, beer deals, Garcia on FIFA transparency, more

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CSN has five reasons the Union failed. Daily News says state of Union reflection of Sakiewicz. USA hosts Honduras. MLS has new official beer. More.

Valdes update, Casey, Gaddis, and MacMath named to TOW, more news

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Valdes agent disappointed defender won't be playing in Copa Libertadores. Conor Casey, Ray Gaddis, and Zac MacMath get Team of the Week nods. Reading United postseason campaign begins tonight. More news.

Offizieller FIFA-Spot aufgrund von Bestechungsvorwürfen von der FIFA gesperrt!

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Offizieller FIFA-Spot aufgrund von Bestechungsvorwürfen von der FIFA gesperrt!

Hat unser Kaiser sich bei einer WM-Vergabe jetzt bestechen lassen oder nicht? Für FIFA-Chefermittler Michael Garcia ist die Sache nicht ganz klar und deswegen schickte er Franz Beckenbauer einen Fragenkatalog mit der Bitte, diesen zügig zu beantworten.

It’s here! World Cup news, Union news, MLS news, USA news, news news

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It's World Cup time! News from Brazil, Union, MLS, USA news. Latest Blatter blatherings. More news.

FIFA Refuses To Examine New Evidence Of Alleged Bribes Offered By Qatar to Win World Cup 2022 Bid

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In a shocking revelation, The Guardian newspaper reports that Michael Garcia, FIFA's lead ethics investigator, has opted not to examine documents revealed in The Sunday Times explosive report. Garcia is in the process of finishing a comprehensive report on the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and the allegations of bribery.

FIFA to Complete Investigation Next Week Into Qatar’s Alleged Cash-For-Votes Campaign to Win World Cup 2022

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FIFA investigator and New York lawyer Michael Garcia will complete his investigation into alleged corruption involved in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments next week, and will hand over his findings to FIFA. The outcome of the investigation won't be revealed until after the World Cup.

Recaps from Union win, US tops Turkey, Villa signs with NYC FC, new Qatar WC bribery allegations

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Recaps from Union win. USA tops Turkey. David Villa signs with New York City FC. Widespread calls for 2022 World Cup revote after new report alleges widespread bribery. More.

Fernandes & Gaddis named to TOW, more Union & league news, further FIFA follies

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Leo and Ray named to SI's Team of the Week. Power Rankings. More Union and league news. FIFA: the fun never stops. More news.

Fabinho appeal, Temple, Penn State, and Delaware in NCAA Top 25, MOF gets USMNT call-up, more

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Union will appeal Fabinho's red card, who will play fullback absent both Fabinho and Sheanon Williams, River Cup raises over $35,000 for charity, 3 local colleges in national top 25, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil, and more in today's news roundup.

“No Letdown”: news ahead of Saturday’s big game, FIFA appoints task force on 2022 WC schedule shift, more

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Hackworth says there will be no letdown against Toronto. FIFA sanctions Costa Rica. Barely. FIFA postpones vote on 2022 World Cup schedule change, appoints task force. More news.

Will Casey play against NE & other talking points, Amobi everywhere, good news on USMNT injury front, more

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Hackworth hopes Casey will be available for New England game. Union talking points. Amobi is everywhere, and just on the pitch. Good news on USMNT injury concerns. More.

Preseason game added, Restrepo trial confirmed, Seba happy, on Adu, more on MLS-USL deal

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Union add preseason game against DC United. Diego Restrepo trial confirmed. Seba happy and sees partnership with Mac. "Thor" will do whatever it takes. Further details on MLS-USL PRO partnership. More news.

Pfeffer strikes again, Reading United stacks Combine, KC gets ASG, Cascadia kerfufffle, more

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Pfeffer nets second goal in second game with Hoffenheim. 10 Reading United alumni at Combine while Finley and Gomez await Hermann Trophy announcement and Brown signs GA contract. KC to host 2013 All-Star Game, more

Qatar

Qatar says Garcia report ‘vindicates’ 2022 World Cup bid

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA’s Garcia report “vindicated the integrity” of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy also questioned the timing of the publication, which comes as Qatar faces political isolation from many neighbouring countries.

Qatar says Garcia report ‘vindicates’ 2022 World Cup bid

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA’s Garcia report “vindicated the integrity” of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

In a statement, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy also questioned the timing of the publication, which comes as Qatar faces political isolation from many neighbouring countries.

Philadelphia Union

McFadden on possible Union move, more news and such

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McFadden hopeful for move to the Union. Colin Kazim-Richards linked to the Union. More news.

Union combine begins today, Casey “only wants to play in Philadelphia,” Beasley retires from NT, FIFA rulings, more

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Conor Casey wants to stay with the Union. League news. DaMarcus Beasley announces retirement from USMNT. FIFA says Garcia appeal inadmissible. More.

Union partners with Dogfish Head, Academy at Winter Showcase, Conference finals, USA-Germany friendly, FIFA news, more

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Dogfish Head to open beer garden at PPL Park. Union academy at Winter Showcase. Conference Final second-leg games this weekend. FIFA judge backs release of full investigation report. More.

Union bits, conference finals kick off on Sunday, FIFA orders report review

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Union bits. Conference finals to begin. Local players gain national recognition. Why the future of MLS stadiums is downtown. FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee head to review corruption report. More.

Reaction to Meulensteen/Sugarman presser, reaction to US loss to COL, more FIFA investigation fallout

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Reaction to Friday's big Union presser. Reaction to USMNT loss to Colombia. More fallout from release of summary report of investigation into FIFA corruption.

Last Union home game of 2014, Klinsy responds to criticism, USWNT WC qualifier, FIFA judge on why no report release

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Union ready for last home game of 2014. Klinsmann says he didn't mean to put down MLS, USWNT face Guatemala. FIFA judge says legal concerns prevent report release.

Union to face NYRB or Cosmos with USOC win, McLaughlin on TOW, sex OK for USA at WC, more

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If the Union get past Harrisburg, they host either Red Bulls or Cosmos in US Open Cup fifth round. McLaughlin named to USL PRO TOW. Sex OK for USA at WC. Clinton freaked out when US didn't win 2022 WC bid. More news.

Notes from Hack’s presser, MLS ref lockout over, Cherundolo retires, Garber on Qatar WC, more

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Bullet points from Wednesday's weekly Union press conference. Referee lockout ends. Steve Cherundolo retires. Garber calls Qatar 2022 "a monumental disaster." More news.

The Rest

Okugo named to MLS TOW, Union & USA bits, Qatar 2022 bribery allegations update, more

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Union and USMNT bits and bobs. FIFA investigator will not consider new 2022 World Cup bribery allegations. Platini denies wrongdoing. More news.