”There could be little support from a public that was so little informed,” said Garcia, comparing American criminal process with FIFA’s ethics court.
The FIFA ethics code was revamped in 2012 — before Garcia was appointed — in reforms ordered after a succession of bribery and vote-buying scandals. The process was overseen by FIFA’s legal committee and approved by football officials at their annual congress of 209 member associations.
In previous Garcia prosecutions, charges brought against now-banned officials Mohamed bin Hammam and Vernon Manilal Fernando were never explained by FIFA or the independent ethics committee.
Garcia said cases had been explained in just ”a single line” of a news release. He said the FIFA code could be revised to give more details of ”charges, decisions, and basis of decisions.”
”The goal has to be instilling confidence in the process beyond any particular result or any particular case,” Garcia said.