president Sepp Blatter, center, leaves a hotel to
lead a meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, Thursday, Dec.
18, 2014. Amid another crisis at FIFA, Blatter will
lead an executive committee meeting on Thursday with
the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael
Garcia now on the agenda.
Morocco — FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and
2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the
confidential report into the bidding process, President
Sepp Blatter said Friday.
78-year-old Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as
president, said the decisions by the FIFA executive
committee on Friday will allow the governing body to move
on from four years of controversy.
have been in a crisis," Blatter said. "The
crisis has stopped because we again have the unity in our
earlier statement, Blatter said there are "no legal
grounds to revoke the executive committee's decision (in
2010) on the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups."
Blatter said FIFA can publish — at least in part — the
430-page investigation report into the bidding contest by
ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia despite initially
insisting it must remain confidential.
month, FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert released his
42-page summary of the report, essentially clearing Russia
to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar to host the 2022
Garcia soon appealed to FIFA, saying his work was
misrepresented by Eckert. The American lawyer then
resigned on Wednesday after his appeal was rejected.
said there was a unanimous agreement from the executive
committee on Friday to publish the report "in an
appropriate form once the ongoing procedures against
individuals are concluded."
Blatter said it can only be published after FIFA's strict
secrecy rules have been satisfied and the investigations
opened against five people have been closed.
opened proceedings against three current FIFA executive
committee members — FIFA vice president Angel Maria
Villar of Spain, Michel D'Hooghe of Belgium and Worawi
Makudi of Thailand. There are also cases against Franz
Beckenbauer, the Germany great and former FIFA executive
committee member, and former Chile football leader Harold
Mayne-Nicholls, who FIFA chose to lead an inspection team
evaluating the nine World Cup candidates in 2010.
If any of
those five individuals are found guilty of wrongdoing they
can appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport,
potentially further delaying the publication of the full