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HOOFDDORP---The international players union
wants Fifa to investigate why a Club World Cup
match was played on a potentially dangerous rain-
soaked field in Morocco.
FIFPro says letting the Cruz Azul-Western Sydney
Wanderers quarterfinal match continue in Rabat on
Saturday "posed a serious threat to the health and
safety of all players."
The Mexican club won 3-1 in extra time with
players splashing through large puddles.
FIFPro official Tijs Tummers says "players as work-
ers have a right to a safe work environment," adding
that Fifa must ensure "effective rules are in place to
prevent a repetition."
Referee Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast allowed
the match to proceed, and Cruz Azul won.
FIifa then switched the semifinal match to Mar-
rakech, citing "difficult pitch conditions."
FIFPro urges Fifa to probe
Club World Cup game
LENS---Lens says the financial watchdog of French
football has partially lifted the transfer ban imposed
on the club after it received €2.5 million (US$3.12
million) from Azerbaijan investors.
Lens won promotion last season but was banned
from joining the top league on financial grounds,
with the club short of €10 million (US$13.4 million)
in its budget. The northern side was ultimately
authorized to play in the top flight after the French
federation agreed to replace its ban with financial
limitations on the club.
Lens president Gervais Martel says he doesn t plan
"a revolution" but is trying to secure the arrival of
new players during the January transfer window.
Lens is second from the bottom in the standings,
three points away from safety.
Lens' transfer ban
GENEVA---The American lawyer who led the
investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup
bid process resigned from the Fifa ethics committee
yesterday in protest over the handling of his find-
Michael Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the
top of Fifa in a resignation statement. He also said
he has lost confidence in the independence of his
ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim
Though Garcia did not identify Sepp Blatter by
name, he also revealed that the Fifa executive com-
mittee---led by the longtime president---made a failed
complaint of unethical conduct against the former
US Attorney in September.
Speaking at the Club World Cup in Marrakech,
Morocco, Blatter told The Associated Press he was
stunned by Garcia s decision to resign.
"I m just surprised," Blatter said. "It s all what I
can say. Just that."
Garcia quit a day after the Fifa appeals panel reject-
ed his challenge of Eckert s summary of the con-
fidential 430-page investigation dossier. Last month,
Eckert moved to close the case on the World Cup
bidding contest because of lack of evidence.
Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup
and Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament.
After Eckert s summary was made public, Garcia
claimed that the German judge had misrepresented
his work and then launched his failed appeal.
"(My) report identified serious and wide-ranging
issues with the bidding and (World Cup host) selec-
tion process," Garcia wrote, adding that Eckert s
decision "made me lose confidence in the inde-
pendence of the Adjudicatory Chamber, (but) it is
the lack of leadership on these issues within Fifa
that leads me to conclude that my role in this process
Garcia resigns as Fifa prosecutor
is at an end."
In his resignation statement, Garcia also
questioned how Fifa can truly change after
years of scandals and criticism.
"No independent governance committee,
investigator, or arbitration panel can change
the culture of an organization," Garcia wrote.
Garcia also revealed that the executive
committee tried to have disciplinary pro-
ceedings opened against him for "allegedly
violating the Code of Ethics through my
public comments." The attempt was rejected
by the chairman of the Fifa disciplinary
panel in September, when Garcia pressed
for publication of key details from his report.
Fifa vice president Michel Platini, also
the UEFA president, called Wednesday s
events "a new failure for Fifa."
"Fifa s ethics committee was created to
increase transparency at the organisation,
that s what we wanted, but in the end it
has just caused more confusion," Platini,
the former France great who has refused
to back Blatter for re-election but will not
stand himself in the May 29 vote.
Garcia was appointed in July 2012 with
the priority of probing the controversial
2018-2022 bidding contests. The investi-
gation has helped reveal how willing Blatter s
organization has been to confront some of
its deep-rooted problems.
"For the first two years ... I felt that the
ethics committee was making real progress
in advancing ethics enforcement at Fifa,"
Garcia wrote. "In recent months, that
Fifa said it would appoint an interim
replacement for Garcia before electing a
new ethics prosecutor in Zurich next May.
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