Football

Diary of a Fifa drama

  • NOV 13: RUSSIA, QATAR CLEARED

German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's independent ethics committee, publishes his 42-page report into the 430-page findings of Garcia's investigation.

England are condemned for rules violations in their bid for the 2018 tournament, but Russia and Qatar are effectively confirmed as hosts for 2018 and 2022 respectively, the report stating any rule breaches by them were "of very limited scope".

Fifa's chief ethics investigator Garcia says he will appeal, insisting that Eckert's report contains errors.

  • NOV 14: SURPRISE

Eckert admits his "surprise" at Garcia's plans to appeal.

EPL chief executive Richard Scudamore, American Fifa member Sunil Gulati and Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb call for Garcia's report to be published in full. Fifa confirms receipt of Garcia's intention to appeal.

  • NOV 17: BETRAYAL?

Phaedra Almajid and Bonita Mersiades, members of the Qatar and Australia 2022 bid teams respectively and key whistleblowers in the original corruption allegations, register separate complaints against Eckert, claiming his report breached promises of confidentiality.

  • NOV 18: FIFA 'ACTS'

Fifa lodges a criminal complaint over "possible misconduct" by individuals regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Fifa president Blatter insists, though, that the probe into the bidding process for the two World Cups is concluded.

  • NOV 19: EXCUSE

Blatter rejects calls to publish the Garcia report in full, saying doing so would break Fifa's rules and Swiss law.

  • NOV 26: URGE

The British government urges Fifa to publish the Garcia report in full for the sake of transparency.

  • TUESDAY: STATUS QUO

Garcia loses appeal against the report by Eckert.

It is declared inadmissible by Fifa's appeals committee, who say Eckert's statement was not a legally-binding decision and therefore could not be appealed against.

Garcia resigns the next day.