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Garcia report appeal rejected by FIFA

The American wants the full findings of his report to be published, but football's world governing body will not allow that to happen.

Michael Garcia will not be able to appeal FIFA's report of his investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Former United States attorney Garcia led the investigation by FIFA's Ethics Committee into the bidding process for the next two World Cups, to be held in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

The decision to award Qatar the 2022 showpiece has been met with particular criticism over allegations of corruption and human rights abuse, as well as the country's extreme weather conditions.

Ahead of a 41-page report into Garcia's findings being published by Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's independent Ethics Committee, the governing body insisted the results could not be released in full due to legal implications.

The American blasted "erroneous representations of the facts" in Eckert's summary and subsequently took his case to the FIFA Appeal Committee.

However, the committee has rejected Garcia's complaint, insisting he cannot appeal against the report's publication as no rulings are proposed within it, nor any fresh allegations of corruption found within it.

A statement read: "The report on the inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process does not constitute a decision ... and as such is neither legally binding nor appealable."

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