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FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia’s resignation

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is seen during the semi final soccer match between Auckland City FC and San Lorenzo at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.Michael Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement. He also said he has lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim Eckert. Though Garcia did not identify Sepp Blatter by name, he also revealed that the FIFA executive committee — led by the longtime president — made a failed complaint of unethical conduct against the former U.S. Attorney in September.Speaking at the Club World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, Blatter told The Associated Press he was stunned by Garcia's decision to resign."I'm just surprised," Blatter said. "It's all what I can say. Just that."(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter will lead an executive committee meeting on Thursday with the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia now on the agenda.

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Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

In this photo taken on Nov. 5, 2014, a man walks on the pitch as Qatar’s Aspire Academy plays against a visiting team, San Lorenzo, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar is relying on the academy to train what it hopes will be a competitive team at the World Cup it is hosting in 2022. (AP Photo/John Leicester)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It’s a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don’t generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

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San Lorenzo to play Real Madrid for Club World Cup

San Lorenzo's Mauro Matos celebrates after scoring during the semi final soccer match between Auckland City FC and San Lorenzo at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Real Madrid’s opponent in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a surprise tournament run by amateur team Auckland City with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

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APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

This is a Friday, 27. July 2012, file photo of Chairman of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia from the US during a press conference at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. It is announced Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, that Michael Garcia has resigned as FIFA's ethics prosecutor, citing a "lack of leadership" at football's world governing body in its handling of his World Cup bid corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

GENEVA (AP) — The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

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Blatter to AP: “Surprised” by Garcia resignation

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, and UEFA president Michel Platini talk before the semi final soccer match between Real Madrid and Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter tells The Associated Press he is “surprised” by the resignation of Michael Garcia, the American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.

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