Police and workers walk behind a Lenin statue as FIFA's monitoring group for the 2018 World Cup visits the Luzhniki Stadium which will host the final of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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FIFA cleared Russia and Qatar Thursday of wrongdoing in their bids to host the World Cup, but the former U.S. prosecutor who led the investigation by soccer's governing body said it had misrepresented his findings.A German judge who ruled on behalf of the soccer body's ethics committee said he found no grounds sufficient to re-open the bidding process for the 2018 cup in Russia and the 2022 cup in Qatar.But former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia, hired by FIFA to head an investigation into the bids that lasted more than a year, said he would appeal against the committee's conclusion.Garcia was hired by FIFA and spent more than a year combing through allegations of bribes paid and favors given to the international soccer officials who made the decisions, not just by the winning countries but by other bidders as well.But instead of issuing his own report, he presented his findings to FIFA, which issued its own ruling.
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