FIFA prosecutor Garcia is 'busier than expected'

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 4:04 PM

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia has been kept busier than he expected trying to clean up world soccer — and his workload will probably increase after a whistleblower hotline opens this month.

Garcia told The Associated Press in an interview that FIFA investigations take "more of my time than I originally anticipated" since his appointment last July.

After the hotline is launched, Garcia may need to call on more resources from the New York office of law firm Kirkland & Ellis at which he is a partner.

The former U.S. attorney, who prosecuted financial crimes on Wall Street, pledged last July to study all allegations from any source. He has powers granted under a FIFA Code of Ethics that was strengthened as part of Blatter's promise to improve the governing body's tattered image.

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