UEFA chief calls for Qatar 2022 report to be made public…

UEFA president Michel Platini has joined the call for a secret report into the Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding to be made public.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has so far rejected calls to publish the report despite an appeal last week by FIFA’s independent investigator Michael Garcia, the author of the report.

Platini joins a number of fellow FIFA executive committee members in calling for the report to be published.

The UEFA president said in a statement: “As long as the regulations of the FIFA code of ethics regarding the actual investigation are respected, I support the publishing of the Garcia report.

“I have no issue with the findings and recommendations of the report being made available to the public.”

The decision to publish now rests German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, who will announce his findings in November.

Russia won the bid for the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will stage the 2022 tournament.

Last week, Garcia, the chairman of the inquiry into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, called on FIFA to make his report public.

In his statement Garcia said: “Given the limited role Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert envisions for the Adjudicatory Chamber, I believe it is now necessary for the FIFA Executive Committee to authorise the appropriate publication of the Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process.

“Publication would be consistent with statements made by a number of Executive Committee members, with the view recently expressed by Independent Governance Committee Chair Mark Pieth, and with the goals of the reform process.” Source: Arabian Business