Updated: Friday, 28 March 2014 06:25 | By Agence France-Presse

FIFA's Valcke backs corruption buster Garcia

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Thursday offered strong backing to corruption buster Michael Garcia, who is investigating alleged graft in the voting process which gave Qatar the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA's Valcke backs corruption buster Garcia

FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke arrives to give a press conference at the Mario Filho "Maracana" stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 27, 2014 - by Vanderlei Almeida

Removing Garcia would create "a terrible picture," Valcke told reporters after a Local Organizing Committee for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A 2010 vote saw Russia gain the right to stage the 2018 event and Qatar the next competition in 2022.

But the awarding of both tournaments sparked allegations of violating FIFA's code of ethics.

British media reports earlier this week said some FIFA executive board members were unwilling to be questioned by Garcia, elected head of FIFA's ethics committee in July 2012.

He is due to report back to FIFA later this year.

“Michael Garcia is doing the job which is defined under the ethics code,” Valcke insisted.

He insisted: "It would be a terrible picture and terrible thing to remove Michael Garcia. He has to do his mandate.”

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