Michael Garcia on 18 December 2014 resigned as Independent Chief Ethic investigator of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Ethics Committee.
He resigned from the post in protest over the handling of his 430-page report on awarding the bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. FIFA had earlier awarded bid to Russia and Qatar despite allegations of corruption.
Garcia resigned a day after FIFA's appeal panel rejected his challenge that FIFA Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert had submitted a wrong summary of his report and cleared Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts.
Timeline of controversy
• 2 December 2010: Russia and Qatar chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups
• 4 October 2013: FIFA sets up taskforce to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
• 1 June 2014: Surfacing of news that former FIFA Vice-President Mohamed bin Hammam paid 3 million pounds to FIFA officials for support to Qatar’s bid
• 5 September 2014: Michael Garcia submits report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process to FIFA
• 13 November 2014: 42-page summary of Garcia report released by FIFA clearing Russia and Qatar of corruption
• 13 November 2014: Garcia disowns the summary released and claimed it contains erroneous representations
• 16 December 2014: FIFA rejected Garcia appeal against FIFA Judge Eckert's
• 17 December 2014: Garcia resigned as Independent Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee's Investigatory Chamber
The report prepared by Garcia was meant to restore some trust in an organisation plagued by years of scandal. However, the resignation of Garcia has put the FIFA into more turmoil.
Who: Michael Garcia
When: 18 December 2014