File - Garcia said there was a lack of leadership within FIFA.
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FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned Wednesday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/22 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of football's governing body.Garcia said he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber following a 42-page statement issued by Eckert, based on Garcia's still-secret report, in November.Former U.S. prosecutor Garcia's report examined allegations of corruption in the awards of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively.Garcia, who formerly served as chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, had appealed against Eckert's statement, saying it contained misrepresentations, but that appeal was ruled inadmissible by FIFA Tuesday.Garcia, who was appointed in 2012 and spent 18 months probing the 2018/22 bidding process, said he felt that initially the ethics committee was making progress.
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