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Fifa Corruption

Scandal-Plagued FIFA's Move Prompts Reformer To Quit

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 05.14.2016 | Sports

By Brian Homewood MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Domenico Scala, a Swiss businessman who led reforms to clean up scandal-plagued FIFA, quit his post at the g...

FIFA, Human Rights and Politics: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

James Dorsey | Posted 04.23.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

World soccer body FIFA's creation of a watchdog to monitor the living and working conditions of migrant labour employed on World Cup 2022-related construction sites constitutes the second time in a month that Qatar has been warned that it needs to demonstrate sincerity in its reform of the Gulf state's controversial labour system.

AFC rehires former executive accused of seeking to destroy corruption-related documents

James Dorsey | Posted 03.30.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), despite multiple legal inquiries into global soccer governance and a massive corruption scandal, has rehired a...

FIFA Passes Reform Package In Bid To Shake Off Scandals

Reuters | Erick Fernandez | Posted 02.26.2016 | Sports

ZURICH - Soccer's world governing body approved the deepest reforms in its 112-year history on Friday in an attempt to put years of scandal and crisis...

Transparent governments and institutions publish open data: Fifa should be no exception

Jack Hardinges | Posted 02.10.2016 | Sports
Jack Hardinges

On 26 February a new Fifa president will be elected at a special congress held at the organisation's headquarters in Zurich. The election, which will ...

Subtle Policy Changes Could Reinforce Qatari Focus On Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

They argue that Sheikh Tamim, who took office after his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, stepped down in 2013, has begun with the reshuffle to move the old guard aside and pave the road for change.

FIFA To Secretary General: You're Fired!

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.13.2016 | Sports

FIFA said on Wednesday it had fired Secretary General Jerome Valcke amid alleged corruption involving World Cup ticket sales, one of many scandals sur...

Banning Sepp Blatter May Finally Give FIFA The Chance To Reform Itself. But Does It Want To?

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.23.2015 | Sports

FIFA gave soccer fans around the world an early holiday present on Monday when it banned Sepp Blatter, the organization's president, and Michel Platin...

FIFA's human rights litmus test: Will it clean house?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Ridden by the worst corruption scandal in its history, world soccer body FIFA is breaking new ground by seeking to put United Nations guidelines for human rights at the centre of its activities.

Let’s Check In On How Those FIFA Reforms Are Coming Along

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 12.04.2015 | Sports

What a week for FIFA! Early Thursday morning, Swiss authorities surprised and arrested a host of the organization's officials at a local hotel, markin...

U.S. Brings Corruption Charges Against 16 More FIFA Officials

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.04.2015 | Sports

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted an additional 16 international soccer officials on various corruption charges, Attorney General Loretta Ly...

Qatari Labour Reforms: Words but no Actions

James Dorsey | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Words but no actions. That is Amnesty International's evaluation of promised Qatari labour reforms on the fifth year of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to the Gulf state.

Sepp Blatter Claims 2022 World Cup Was Supposed To Be In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.28.2015 | Sports

With virtually nothing to lose and everything to tell, suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed to Russian news outlet TASS that the United Stat...

OECD Holds FIFA Responsible for Qatari World Cup-related Labour Conditions

James Dorsey | Posted 10.18.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A Swiss government-sponsored unit of the Paris-based OECD has defined world soccer body FIFA as a multi-national bound by the group's guidelines. As a result, the group concluded that FIFA is responsible for the upholding of the human and labour rights of workers employed in Qatar on 2022 World Cup-related projects.

NYT: Sepp Blatter Appeals FIFA Suspension

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 10.09.2015 | Sports

Sepp Blatter has filed an official appeal against his suspension from soccer by FIFA's ethics committee, the New York Times reported. Blatter, the Swi...

FIFA Replaces One Corrupt Official With Another

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.08.2015 | Sports

With 90-day suspensions handed down to both FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor UEFA President Michel Platini on Thursday, a less f...

McDonald's, Coca-Cola Think Sepp Blatter Should Resign; Sepp Blatter Does Not

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter has lost the support of a key constituency: two massive corporate sponsors. On Friday, both McDonald's and Coca-...

FIFA Bans Former Vice President Jack Warner For Life

Reuters | Justin Block | Posted 09.29.2015 | Sports

ZURICH, Sept 29 - Trinidadian Jack Warner, once one of the most powerful men in soccer, has been banned from all football-related activities for life,...

FIFA Suspends Secretary General Jerome Valcke From Duty

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 09.17.2015 | Sports

ZURICH — FIFA says it suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke with immediate effect, hours after he was the subject of allegations over a deal for...

John Oliver Shows Why FIFA's Sponsors Are Finally Upset With Them

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.27.2015 | Sports

With Sepp Blatter's Saturday meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin serving as window dressing, John Oliver continued his pummeling of FIFA on ...

FIFA's Proposed Reforms Not Enough To Force Real Change, Critics Say

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports

FIFA President Sepp Blatter reiterated his intention to step down and announced a series of reform proposals at a Zurich press conference on Monday, a...

Sepp Blatter Showered In Cash By Protestor During FIFA Press Conference

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter was treated to his preferred choice of shower on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland, courtesy of British comedian-turn...

FIFA Corruption Draws SEC Scrutiny

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators are examining the behavior of several companies with links to FIFA or oth...

FIFA Hires Former Clinton Aide's Firm Amid Scandals

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 07.16.2015 | Sports

Teneo Holdings, a corporate advisory firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton confidant Doug Band, signed on this week to offer strategic advice to FIFA...

'For the Game. For the World.' What Can We Learn From the FIFA Scandal?

Badr Jafar | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Badr Jafar

Whatever the outcome of these investigations, it is clear that soccer's governing body is in the midst of a legal, commercial and public relations crisis. For any organization, public, private or not-for-profit, to find itself in such a position is a sign that serious mistakes were committed.