FIFA, governance and accountability
The FIFA arrestsThe arrests on 26 May 2015 included top football officials. The focus of the alleged charges covers a 20-year period, with one law official quoted as saying: “We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did.” Those arrested include nine current or former FIFA officials, and four individual and two corporate defendants, including a former CONCAF general secretary.The majority of the scheme involves corruption over media and marketing rights to matches and tournaments.
Tackling corruption at FIFAThe U.S. Justice Department and the FBI have not immediately commented on the investigation. FIFA have been involved in corruption allegations before, but none involving charges of federal crimes in the U.S. courts. On matters of general criminal law, the Swiss authorities have agreed to co-operate with the U.S. courts.FIFA Communications Director, Walter De Gregorio, insisted the organisation was continuing to reform, telling a news conference: “This is good for FIFA. It hurts, it is not easy, but it confirms we are on the right track.”
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Football: More than a Game
Obscuring the good football can doThere are numerous examples all over the world where football has shown to be a force for good, a force for change. It has the ability to carry messages to huge audiences about racism, poverty and inequality, but recent headlines tend to obscure the progressive work that is done by organisations such as the Homeless World Cup.To get past these issues, we must address three issues which surround the current FIFA problems:
- Power, Money and Football
- World Cup bids
Please note that the issues surrounding FIFA are ongoing and it is almost impossible to be completely up to date on this issue as new issues emerge weekly. We have provided a blog on this issue as of January 2016 but during this course things will change.
Football: More than a Game
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