FIFA has announced that it will release its internal ethics report in full, although it will redact certain parts to protect individuals from public scrutiny. The decision reverses its earlier stance to keep the report within the organization.
FIFA had come under fire for commissioning the report from former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia, then the chief investigator for the organization's ethics committee.
Upon reading the 430-page report, though, FIFA decided to release the report as a summarized version written by a different member of the ethics committee.
That decision prompted Garcia to resign his position only 24 hours later, accusing FIFA of releasing a summary that misrepresented the report's findings. The summary suggested that the only ethics violations identified were minor; Garcia says his report does not agree.
Meanwhile, FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed that the organization would not re-open voting on the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, set to be hosted by Russia and Qatar.
At a press conference, Blatter changed his tune after previously opposing the ethics report's release: "We have always been determined that the truth should be known."
It remains to be seen, however, just how much of the report is redacted. FIFA claims it is committed to transparency, but its actions have suggested the opposite.
Blatter did say that the report inspired significant changes within the organization, but he declined to elaborate on those changes or why they were necessary. Perhaps the full report will shed some light on the matter.