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Dyke: Decision to clear Qatar and Russia 'a joke'

ENGLISH Football Association chairman Greg Dyke described the decision to clear Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts as "a joke" after the man who led the investigation into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding appealed against it.

The report published yesterday morning by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's independent ethics committee, cleared both bid winners Russia and Qatar to host the tournaments, but chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia has announced he is to appeal against Eckert's findings. Garcia said the decision "contained numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the investigatory chamber's report" and indicated in a statement his intention to appeal.

Dyke said: "(Garcia's appeal) makes a mockery of the process.

"If the person who did the investigation said the report didn't reflect what he believed then I'm a bit shocked by it all, as I'm sure most people are."

Asked if FIFA president Sepp Blatter should consider his position, Dyke added: "I don't think it's anything to do with Sepp Blatter. I think it's a bit of a joke though, the whole process.

"It's undermined the whole process. If the person doing the investigation is saying 'actually what they're saying isn't what I said', (then) what's the point of it?"


Dyke reiterated his call for the Garcia report to be published in full, with names redacted where they had given evidence in confidence.

The Eckert report, while clearing Qatar and Russia of any significant breaches of bidding rules, did criticise the England 2018 bid team for the way it acceded to various requests from disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner. Lord Triesman, who was chairman of the English FA at the time of the bid, said: "I'd like to have seen the original document which was produced by Mr Garcia and I'm never satisfied by seeing summaries by somebody else.

"I think in this day and age people are entitled to see the original.

"But what I do think is true from the report is that there are many areas where he, in effect, says there's a knife-edge distinction between doing it properly, but spreading a lot of money around, and things that are corrupt that it just shows you just how much the FIFA act has got to be cleaned up," Dyke added.