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FIFA Report Clears Russia, Qatar Of Wrongdoing

There’s war of words over an investigation into possible corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup tournaments.

FIFA, the world soccer body, cleared host Russia and Qatar of wrongdoing but the man who investigated the claims says the FIFA report issued today is “wrong.”

Michael Garcia, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, says he intends to file an appeal on the FIFA report.

Hans-Joachim Eckert, a German judge who serves as FIFA’s ethics administrator, wrote the report, which was based on Garcia’s investigation.

Here & Now’s sports analyst Mike Pesca joins host Robin Young to talk about why no corruption charges were sought and what’s the next step if Garcia appeals.

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