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Eckert released a summary of the findings of a two-year investigation into the bids, which cleared both Russia and Qatar, and slammed England and Australia.However, Michael Garcia - the author of the report - made a remarkable intervention, accusing him and FIFA fudging information from it.Eckert has now responded to the claims and admits his surprise at criticism from investigate counterpart Garcia.He told BBC Sport: I'm surprised, not shocked. I'm a long time in the job here. I don't think anything surprises me. A lot of my report was word for word from the Garcia report. Eckert outlined his plans to speak to Garcia but claimed he hadn't been able to contact the US lawyer.In the report, England's bid FIFA 15 ultimate team were accused of behaving improperly in currying favour from disgraced former CONCACAF chief Jack Warner.MORE: 7 things we learnt from FIFA World Cup corruption report Stuart Franklin - FIFA Eckert said the England FIFA 15 ultimate team had showed a willingness, time and again to meet Warner's demands, which damaged the image of FIFA and the bidding process. This was an apparent violation of bidding rules.His summary has led to an angry response from the FIFA, who refuted suggestions they undermined the integrity of the bidding process.A spokesman said: We were not given any prior notice of the report before publication. We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England's bid or any of the individuals involved. We conducted a transparent bid and, as the report demonstrates with its reference to the England bid FIFA 15 ultimate team's 'full and valuable cooperation', willingly complied with the investigation. We maintain that transparency and cooperation around this entire process from all involved is crucial to its credibility. Getty Simon Johnson, who was chief operating officer of England's failed bid to stage the 2018 finals added: When I saw the initial findings by Judge Eckert, my first thoughts were: This is a farce. We were open and transparent, gave our full co-operation and, unlike Russia, we didn't need to destroy any computers to hide the evidence. Even before Mr Garcia's statement I was questioning how anybody could have confidence in a report which seemed to have a preordained okaygoodsfifa outcome. The Australian FIFA Federation has also hit out over criticism, with one politician labelling the investigation a sick farce - before calling for FIFA to refund the money they spent on the bid. Gary Neville knows the atmosphere is going to be electric. In fact, the England coach is expecting nothing less than a Celtic Park cauldron.But it's not the Tartan Army that has got the Three Lionsfearing a mauling. Neville reckons Gordon Strachan's side are a much more daunting prospect these days than any roars coming from the stands.The former England defendersaid: "You can get carried away going on about the atmosphere. I've played against Celtic there and know exactly what it can be like. "But the atmosphere won't win a FIFA match.
 
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