FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened a meeting of his 25-member executive committee on Thursday amid a storm of controversy over an inquiry into the bids by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Former US prosecutor Michael Garcia on Wednesday resigned as chief corruption investigator for FIFA after football`s governing body rejected his appeal against the handling of his report into the votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
FIFA has admitted that it would be using the next World Cup to display FIFA's zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination, in view of receiving widespread criticism of its lackluster efforts in Brazil.
FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and investigator Michael Garcia have met for the first time since their public disagreement and agreed a report into the 2018/2022 World Cups bid process should be further reviewed.
FIFA appeared to be in limbo on Thursday as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator while the soccer world watched on in a mixture of bewilderment and anger.
The soccer World Cups of 2018 and 2022 are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after FIFA`s ethics committee said on Thursday it could find no grounds for reopening the controversial bidding process.