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FA chairman Greg Dyke demands World Cup report is made public

By Martyn Ziegler

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has written to every Fifa executive committee member calling for "urgent action" to ensure ethics investigator Michael Garcia's report into World Cup bidding is published in full.

Dyke's action follows Garcia's move to appeal against the decision by Fifa ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert to clear Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, having found no serious breaches of bidding rules by either nation.

Eckert' said there was no reason to rerun the bidding and criticised England 2018 for its relationship with disgraced former Fifa executive member Jack Warner.

Eckert has refused to published the full report and Dyke states that public confidence in Fifa has hit a new low, while there is "compelling evidence" of wrongdoing.

The letter comes after his predecessor David Bernstein, urged European nations to boycott the 2018 World Cup.

Dyke's letter states: "As you probably know the reputation of Fifa was already low in England and much of Europe before the events of last week. The failure to publish Mr Garcia's report, and his statement that the summary report which was published contained 'numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations', has resulted in a further decline in public confidence of Fifa. We cannot go on like this.

"Complete transparency is required if the actions of all those who bid are to be judged fairly."

Bernstein resigned from his role on Fifa's anti-discrimination task force and issued a call for a European boycott of the World Cup. That would prove impossible for Uefa given that one of its members, Russia, are hosts. The European body has not commented, but it is understood to be deeply unhappy about events at Fifa.

Bernstein said: "There are 54 countries within Uefa. There's Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Holland - all powerful. You can't hold a serious World Cup without them. They have the power to influence if they have the will."

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