FIFA has released the previously confidential Garcia report into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process. Previously the report, compiled in 2104 by American lawyer Michael Garcia, was said to be private and would never be released by FIFA. Garcia, hired as an independent ethics investigator, quit when FIFA instead released a 42-page version of his report which acted as a summary of his findings, as he clashed with FIFA’s now former chairmen of the ethics committee, Cornel Borbely and Hans-Joachim Eckert.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are close to signing Monaco and France winger Thomas Lemar, 21, for $42 million. Lemar shone for the French champions last season and will have already endeared himself to Gunners fans after scoring home and away against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League group stage last season, as Monaco reached the semifinals. With Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Radamel Falcao getting plenty of the headlines, Lemar’s displays flew under the radar.
The staging of the 2018 World Cup brings scrutiny of Russia’s record on racism and xenophobia and at the same time prompts fears of hooligan attacks in the minds of some travelling supporters. Russia’s authorities and anti-discrimination activists are aware that they need to convince the international community that steps are being taken to rid the country of its unfavourable reputation and demonstrate that genuine efforts are being made to ensure the long-term eradication of any racist or xenophobic sentiment – especially in the immediate vicinity of football. “We Are Russia Against Discrimination” was launched in March this year backed by the All Russian Football Players Union (ARFPU) and is intended to fight racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Russian football.