Qatar 2022 probe leaked to German media

A German media organisation has gotten its hands on a leaked copy of a report into alleged corruption concerning Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid and published some of the findings.

Bild newspaper said it has obtained a copy of the 2014 report written by former FIFA independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

Garcia resigned in December 2014, a month after FIFA’s head judge Hans Joachim Eckert published a 42-page summary of his report that Garcia said misrepresented his report.

The summary also cleared Qatar of any corruption claims. The full ‘Garcia Report’ was never released.

Bild said it would publish the full details of the 430-page report beginning on Tuesday.

As a teaser, the German newspaper revealed on Monday the report contains details of:

A £1.6m sum allegedly paid to the 10-year-old daughter of a Fifa official.

Three Fifa executive members were flown to a party in Rio in a private jet belonging to the Qatari federation before the vote to choose the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 world cups.

Qatar’s Aspire Academy was influential and decisively involved in "the manipulation of Fifa members who had the right to vote".

Peter Rossberg, the journalist who said he has obtained a copy of the report, said that it "does not provide the proof that the 2018 or 2022 World Cup was bought".

He said the report was "like a puzzle that only makes sense when all parts are put together".

Rossberg also cited the role the report had played in the suspensions and criminal proceedings taken against several of the world’s senior football officials.

Fifa refused to publish the full report while the criminal investigations were ongoing, a process that is expected to last for several more years.

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