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Garcia calls on FIFA to publish his report on 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process

FIFA's chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has called on football's world governing body to publish his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reports Sky Sports. However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter says publishing the report would threaten witness confidentiality.

"The investigation and adjudication process operates in most parts unseen and unheard," said Garcia.

"That's a kind of system which might be appropriate for an intelligence agency but not for an ethics compliance process in an international sports institution that serves the public and is the subject of intense public scrutiny.

"Transparency is not intended to embarrass certain individuals by airing dirty laundry or to harm the organisation by showing what went wrong. It's the opposite.

"Where the institution has taken significant steps forward and made that progress, transparency provides evidence of that to the public.

"It is one thing to tell people that a rigorous process is in place, it is another thing to show them how that process works and what it has uncovered.

"FIFA built a system that should inspire confidence that things have changed for the better. Showing that to the public serves FIFA's best interests."

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