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Regarding the complaints brought by the participants in the 2018/2022 inquiry against the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee chairman has concluded that there were no grounds to justify the opening of disciplinary proceedings.

The chairman reviewed all provided material and stressed that since the participants in the investigation had gone public with their own media activities long before the publication of the statement of the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber Judge Eckert, the breach of confidentiality claim had no substance.

What is more, no names were mentioned in the statement and any information provided was of a general nature. Thus, there was no divulgence of any information of a confidential nature. The statement of Judge Eckert also mentions that the report from the chairman and deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber did not rely on any information or material received from the participants in the investigation in reaching any conclusion in the report. Furthermore, the chairman of the investigatory chamber, Michael J. Garcia, in his letter to Disciplinary Committee chairman Claudio Sulser, concluded that the complaints by the participants in the investigation were without merit and that, as far as he was concerned, there had been no infringements by Eckert.

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