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FIFA ethics judge wants to talk to U.S. investigato about World Cup bid report

FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year.  FIFA has cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing in their winning bids for the next two World Cups. German judge Joachim Eckert formally closed FIFAs probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests on Thursday, almost four years after the vote by the governing body's scandal-tainted executive committee. Eckert noted wrongdoing among the 11 bidding nations in a 42-page summary of FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcias investigations. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. FIFA has cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing in their winning bids for the next two World Cups. German judge Joachim Eckert formally closed FIFAs probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests on Thursday, almost four years after the vote by the governing body's scandal-tainted executive committee. Eckert noted wrongdoing among the 11 bidding nations in a 42-page summary of FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcias investigations. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert says he wants to talk to American investigator Michael Garcia, who rejected his World Cup bid corruption report as "incomplete and erroneous."

Eckert tells the Associated Press "I must and want to first speak with Garcia."

The German declined to discuss the conflict between the two men over the probe into the winning World Cup bids from Russia and Qatar.

Eckert, whose report was based on Garcia's confidential investigation, cleared both countries of corruption and said there was no reason to re-open the votes for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Eckert tried to close the bid probe Thursday, when FIFA published his 42-page summary. Garcia denounced Eckert's findings and said he would appeal at FIFA.

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