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German league President: UEFA could leave FIFA if full Garcia report not released

Michael Garcia, Joachim Eckert

Michael Garcia, Joachim Eckert


German Football League President Reinhard Rauball has said UEFA would have to consider leaving FIFA, world football’s governing body, if the entirety of Michael Garcia‘s report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is not unsealed and released to the public.

Rauball also stated to German magazine Kicker, in no uncertain terms, that FIFA’s reputation has been tarnished and that this is “the only way FIFA can restore some of its lost credibility.”

On Thursday FIFA released a severely trimmed, 42-page version of Garcia’s 430-page investigative report, which outraged the American attorney who claims FIFA’s report on his findings “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions.”

The 42-page report released by FIFA can be read in full here.

Rauball has since backed Garcia’s pleas, saying that if his findings are not released “and this crisis is not resolved in a credible manner, you have to maybe also talk about the question of whether you are actually still well-served by FIFA.”

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Asked about possible consequences, Rauball replied, “One option, which would have to be seriously considered, is certainly whether UEFA should leave FIFA.”

Rauball went on to call the ruling that exonerated Russia and Qatar of any corruption in their winning bids to host the next two World Cups a “communicative meltdown,” and said it “shakes the foundations of FIFA in a way I never experienced before.”

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