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Prince Ali demands release of Garcia's corruption report

Dubai: FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin Al Hussein yesterday called for the immediate publication of Michael Garcia's report on alleged bribery and corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein. PIc/AFP
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein. PIc/AFP

The Jordanian prince made the remarks at a conference here alongside UEFA general-secretary Gianni Infantino, another candidate in the race to be elected the head of world football's governing body on February 26. Prince Ali urged FIFA to have "some basic norms, like publishing the Garcia report immediately, because even those who are running for the position of FIFA president... need to know what has been going on in this organisation, and the public needs to know as well."

Former US prosecutor Garcia resigned as FIFA's chief corruption investigator last year in protest at the body's handling of his report on the decisions to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Garcia said he had found "serious and wide-ranging issues" in the bidding process for both of the World Cups.

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