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GENEVA---A Qatari whistleblower has
lodged a complaint about her treatment
in the World Cup bid corruption report by
Fifa s judge, and the English Football Asso-
ciation demanded the release of the full
corruption investigation yesterday.
Former Qatar bid worker Phaedra Almajid
said that she wrote to Fifa prosecutor
Michael Garcia about judge Joachim Eckert
breaching her right to witness confidentiality.
It was sent late Sunday to the email address
at the Manhattan law firm where Garcia is
In the letter of complaint, which has been
seen by the AP, she wrote that Eckert "falsely
discredits me in order to support his inde-
fensible conclusion that the December 2010
bidding was wholly acceptable."
Almajid s protest adds to a chaotic
response since Thursday when Fifa released
Eckert s summary of the Garcia investigation
into corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World
Cup bidding contests won by Russia and
Both Russia and Qatar have always denied
Garcia himself said his was work was
misrepresented by Eckert and appealed to
Fifa. He is challenging the German judge s
decision to close the case because "prob-
lematic" wrong-doing by candidates was
"of limited scope" and did not justify review-
ing the votes by Fifa s executive commit-
tee.Almajid gave evidence to Garcia alleging
wrong-doing by Qatar s bid when she was
its head of international media until early
She said Eckert s report denounced her
as unreliable in a "crude, cynical and fun-
damentally erroneous" summary of her
"My cooperation was based on your
promise of confidentiality," Almajid wrote
Though not named by Eckert in his 42-
page document, Almajid was easily identified
--- in a section covering Qatar titled "Role
and Relevance of a "Whistleblower" --- from
her previous public statements. She was
named in a July 2011 statement in which
she retracted her claims of corruption, but
later said she was coerced to do so by Qatari
Almajid s most serious allegation was
aired by a British Parliamentary committee
in May 2011, that African members of Fifa s
ruling board were paid $1.5 million to vote
for Qatar in a five-nation contest.
She also made allegations to Garcia of
Qatar s $1.8 million sponsorship of an African
football meeting in Angola in 2010, and
how the Aspire Academy in Doha was used
to further the emirate s campaign.
Still, Eckert wrote that Garcia s investi-
gation report concluded that "it appeared
that the (whistleblower) source has altered
evidence to support its allegations."
Almajid said speaking out had jeopardized
the safety of herself and her two sons.
"I have taken great personal risks to
stand up for the truth in a highly politicized
atmosphere," she wrote to Garcia. "However
I have found myself betrayed and denigrated
for being courageous enough to come for-
ward with critical information."
Garcia must now decide whether to use
Almajid s complaint to prosecute a case
against his ethics committee co-chairman
for unethical behaviour.
Eckert and Garcia are scheduled to meet
this week for talks to resolve their rift.
They should also cooperate on ongoing
prosecutions against individual Fifa vot-
ers.The English FA, whose own 2018 bidding
conduct was criticised in Eckert s report,
wants Garcia s full findings to be published.
FA chairman Greg Dyke wrote to Fifa
president Sepp Blatter and his fellow exec-
utive committee members to warn that the
lack of public disclosure "has resulted in
a further decline in public confidence of
Fifa. We cannot go on like this."
In the letter released by the FA, Dyke
said: "Complete transparency is required
if the actions of all those who bid, including
England 2018, are to be judged fairly."
Dyke added that media investigations
into Fifa provide in England "compelling
evidence of wrongdoing."
"They cannot be simply dismissed as
racist or an attack on Fifa as Mr Blatter
described them at the Fifa Congress in
Brazil," Dyke said. (AP)
MADRID---In an effort to rebuild
Spain s national soccer team, coach
Vicente del Bosque is looking for
And today, he ll be searching for
something to challenge World Cup
champion Germany in a friendly.
The Spanish won the 2008 Euro-
pean Championship, the 2010 World
Cup and Euro 2012 in a four-year
span. But the good times turned
sour at this year s World Cup in
Brazil, when the defending cham-
pions were eliminated in the first
"It is difficult for the likes of Xavi
Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, David Villa
and Fernando Torres to be repeated,
but those coming through now are
good players," Del Bosque said.
And, possibly, a new system to
replace the tiki-taka passing game.
"We want to be more rapid and
direct," the coach said.
Here are some things to know
about today s friendly:
Germany coach Joachim Loew is
stressing that the friendly in Vigo is
no chance for revenge.
Germany s losses to Spain at Euro
2008 and the 2010 World Cup are
too long ago "and play no role for
And even though it s a friendly,
Germany expects a competitive
"I assume that the former World
Cup champion will want to beat the
current title holder," Madrid mid-
fielder Toni Kroos said.
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Although everyone seemed to love
Francisco "Isco" Alarcon s perform-
ance against Belarus, Del Bosque was
not so impressed.
The coach said Isco s display went
against his new philosophy of direct-
ness, and that the player "got lost
trying to be a virtuoso."
Those comments seemed to hurt.
"I m only 22 years old," Isco said.
"I erred a little in trying to do things
Isco said his aim was to become
a more complete player, fitting into
different roles on the field.
"I want to improve in defense, on
the ball, score more goals," Isco said.
"I never want to tire of improving."
Germany is struggling with injuries.
The latest players to drop out of
the squad are goalkeeper Manuel
Neuer and central defender Jerome
Loew reacted by calling up new-
comer Robin Knoche, a defender from
Wolfsburg. Either Roman Weidenfeller
or Ron-Robert Zieler, the two backup
goalkeepers who were also in Brazil,
will be in next.
Even before the international week,
Germany was hit by the injuries of
Marco Reus, Julian Draxler and
Christoph Kramer. Mesut Ozil, Andre
Schuerrle and Bastian Schweinsteiger
were ruled out even before, as well
as defender Mats Hummels.
That means Germany s defense
against Spain will have an untested
DETERMINED DEL BOSQUE
For Del Bosque, no one s job is
Spain is second behind Slovakia
in Group C, and defender Sergio
Ramos suggested last week it would
be good for the national squad to
offer the same security or commit-
ment to players as clubs did.
Del Bosque didn t agree.
"It could be that when Diego
Costa and Cesc Fabregas return,
some other player may be in their
position," Del Bosque said. "This
isn t a threat, it s a reality." (AP)
LONDON---Queens Park Rangers says it has
accepted a misconduct charge for failing to con-
trol its players during a Premier League match
against Manchester City.
Several QPR players had surrounded referee
Mike Dean to question his decision to disallow
striker Charlie Austin s goal after Manchester City
goalkeeper Joe Hart had taken two touches to
clear the ball with a free kick.
Speaking after the match, QPR manager Harry
Redknapp said it was "a bit harsh" not to allow
the goal but "if that s the rule then that s the rule."
QPR had twice led against the defending
champions before a late strike from Sergio Aguero
saw the game finish 2-2 at Loftus Road on
The club was also fined 20,000 pounds by the
Football Association. (AP)
MILAN---Police have arrested 16 Croatia fans
for interrupting a European Championship qual-
ifier against Italy by throwing fireworks onto
Sunday s match at the San Siro was suspended
twice and the referee ordered the players off the
field during the second half.
Play was halted in the first half for a few minutes
and then late in the match it was stopped for 10
minutes, when there also appeared to be a small
fire in the stands. Riot police waded into the stands
and eventually the final 17 minutes were played.
The match finished 1-1.
Croatia coach Niko Kovac, who pleaded with
fans to calm down, says, "this is not football.
This is not a fair image of our country or our
protests Fifa judge's report
Spain prepares for tough friendly against Germany
Spain's Gerard Pique, right, and Belarus' Sergei Kornilenko, left, fight for the ball during the Euro 2016 qualifying
match between Spain and Belarus at the Nuevo Colombino stadium, in Huelva, Spain, Saturday. AP PHOTO
QPR accept misconduct
charge after Man City draw
16 Croatia fans arrested
after Italy match mayhem
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