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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.

Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-FIFPro slams “dangerous” playing conditions in Club Cup match

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 16 (Reuters) – FIFPro has slammed what they described as “dangerous” playing conditions in Saturday’s Club World Cup quarter-final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Cruz Azul in Rabat.

The world players’ union also demanded an explanation from soccer’s governing body FIFA, the competition organisers, as to why the match went ahead on a waterlogged pitch.

Dec 16, 2014

FIFA rejects Garcia appeal against Eckert statement

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s appeal against the statement issued by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process has been ruled inadmissible.

FIFA also said on Tuesday there were no grounds for opening disciplinary proceedings against Eckert following complaints from whistleblowers who gave evidence to the investigation that their evidence had been revealed.

Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-FIFA rejects Garcia appeal against Eckert statement

ZURICH, Dec 16 (Reuters) – ZURICH, Dec 16 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s appeal against the statement issued by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process has been ruled inadmissible.

FIFA also said on Tuesday there were no grounds for opening disciplinary proceedings against Eckert following complaints from whistleblowers who gave evidence to the investigation that their evidence had been revealed.

Dec 10, 2014

Innovative Basel make light of financial gulf

BERNE (Reuters) – FC Basel’s Champions League elimination of Liverpool on Tuesday was all the more remarkable given the financial gulf between the two clubs.

While Liverpool raked in 97.54 million pounds in Premier League broadcast revenue last season, their conquerors earned just 1.58 million pounds from Swiss League television rights.