The Fisht Stadium is seen in the background in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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A big mystery in the recent era of corruption linked to FIFA is being revealed this week.The report into suspected corruption in the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests -- involving 11 nations and won by Russia and Qatar -- has been the mystery ever since American investigator Michael Garcia delivered it more than 2 1/2 years ago.A leaked copy of the 430-page document kept confidential by FIFA and Switzerland's attorney general has finally surfaced.It promises more revelations all week as FIFA leaders gather in Russia for the Confederations Cup final, a dress rehearsal for a World Cup next year that was won controversially in December 2010 .Garcia's report was once expected to be explosive and became a holy grail for FIFA critics who thought the votes could be re-run.Many believe bid leaders in Russia and Qatar must have engaged in wrongdoing to earn the votes of a FIFA executive committee lineup in 2010 that has since been widely discredited.Garcia disputed Eckert's 42-page summary conclusion and soon resigned, though not before FIFA handed his work to Switzerland's attorney general.Garcia is now an appeals court judge in the state of New York. His work for FIFA is over, the fallout is certainly not.
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