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Dec 18, 2014

FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security on Thursday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The meeting, at a luxury Marrakech hotel where even the grounds were off limits to the public, began the day after Garcia quit in protest at the handling of his investigation into the process which led to the 2018 World Cup being awarded to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar in December 2010.

Dec 18, 2014

Soccer-FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 18 (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security on Thursday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The meeting, at a luxury Marrakech hotel where even the grounds were off limits to the public, began the day after Garcia quit in protest at the handling of his investigation into the process which led to the 2018 World Cup being awarded to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar in December 2010.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-Auckland City the moral winners, says coach

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx declared his team the moral winners after the part-timers took South American champions San Lorenzo to extra time and came close to a meeting with Real Madrid in the Club World Cup.

The New Zealanders eventually lost their semi-final 2-1, ending a run in which they had already seen off Moghreb Tetouan, champions of host nation Morocco, and African champions ES Setif.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-San Lorenzo scrape past Auckland in extra-time

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Auckland’s unlikely dream of facing European champions Real Madrid in Saturday’s final in Marrakech ended when substitute Mauro Matos fired San Lorenzo’s winner four minutes into extra-time.

Dec 17, 2014

Analysis – Garcia resignation damages FIFA’s credibility

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – FIFA’s credibility took another blow on Wednesday when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned complaining of a lack of leadership in world soccer’s governing body.

Garcia had spent 18 months probing the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Qatar and Russia respectively in December 2010, and was angry at the way his 430-page report was handled.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-Garcia resignation damages FIFA’s credibility

MARRAKECH, Dec 17 (Reuters) – FIFA’s credibility took another blow on Wednesday when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned complaining of a lack of leadership in world soccer’s governing body.

Garcia had spent 18 months probing the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Qatar and Russia respectively in December 2010, and was angry at the way his 430-page report was handled.

Dec 17, 2014

FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of soccer’s governing body.

Garcia said he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber following a statement issued by Eckert, based on Garcia’s still-secret report, in November.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of soccer’s governing body.

Garcia said he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber following a statement issued by Eckert, based on Garcia’s still-secret report, in November.

Dec 16, 2014

Real sail into Club World Cup final with 4-0 romp

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.

The Mexican side, with far more limited resources than the Spanish giants, did their best to make a game of it and missed a first-half penalty but were chasing shadows from the moment Gareth Bale headed the third goal five minutes into the second half.

Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-Real sail into Club World Cup final with 4-0 romp

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 16 (Reuters) – European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.

The Mexican side, with far more limited resources than the Spanish giants, did their best to make a game of it and missed a first-half penalty but were chasing shadows from the moment Gareth Bale headed the third goal five minutes into the second half.