FBI investigating awarding of 2018, 2022 World Cups to Russia, Qatar

[Sepp Blatter resigns: World of football reacts].

“We understand that all deadlines will be respected and will not affect the implementation of Russia’s obligations to FIFA,” Shuvalov was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency. For some critics, whether the tournaments go ahead or not will reflect just how serious FIFA really is about stopping corruption.

Blatter was re-elected last week, despite seven top FIFA officials being arrested two days before the vote as part of a United States prosecution.

Mbalula also told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the South African government hasn’t yet received details of the indictment from the U.S. Justice Department, which alleges the $10 million was used by South Africa to win favor from Warner and other FIFA voters to back South Africa’s bid in 2004.

Perhaps Blatter saw the writing on the wall and quickly chose to head for the exit.

That’s more than can be said for the 133 FIFA delegates who chose to protect their own interests by casting their vote for Blatter last week despite the ugly cloud of corruption swirling over the president’s head.

“This is why I will call an extraordinary congress and put at disposal my function”.

Now that the wheels have been set in motion for the deep structural changes called for by Blatter on Tuesday to take place, speculation as to who will stand for president can begin.

Blatter has repeatedly pleaded his innocence and that of FIFA.

The organization has been accused of being corrupt for decades, with officials allegedly taking bribes of huge sums of money in exchange for World Cup votes and other favors.

Jennings also made a documentary for the BBC, titled the handsome Bung, which detailed how a liquidator found signs that a bankrupt marketing company named ISL had issued bribes to sports officials.

Qatar was named World Cup organizer in 2010, and has since had to contend with problems related to fast-tracking infrastructure projects and stadium building, plus the logistical difficulties of staging the planet’s biggest sporting event in a little country in the intense heat of the Middle East. The living conditions of migrant workers have led to questions regarding Qatar’s human rights record.

FIFA: Soccer’s global governing body has become a cash cow, raking in $5.7 billion in revenue over the last four years. Given the black eye Qatar’s World Cup bid has already given soccer, it would stand tiny chance of winning that revote. The odds seem in favor of Qatar to keep hold of soccer’s most prestigious tournament. FIFA needs a profound overhaul.

It is unlikely that Van Praag, a member of Uefa’s executive committee and an ex- chairman of Ajax, would receive much support from federations outside of Europe. “We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the executive committee”.

When his wish was finally granted, he took to Twitter to express joy.

“We have heard statements, including from politicians… but I think the sporting community will never do it and won’t allow the world of sport to be split”, he said.

Instead, Figo has said it is important to have “a time of reflection”, adding: “It is not the right moment to say if I am going to be a candidate again or not”.

Another scenario could have involved Gulati knowing what a cesspool FIFA was, and he was doing his best to navigate his way up the FIFA latter until he could earn a position where he could actually affect change.

 

 

FBI investigating awarding of 2018, 2022 World Cups to Russia, Qatar

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