FIFA has been put under increasing pressure to investigate bribery claims concerning the World Cup bidding process.
President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, reacted by asking for the dossier containing evidence to back up Lord Triesman’s claims that officials had asked for money in return for their vote.
…what happened to the England 2018 bid?
The latest corruption allegations follows a long list of previous accusations, so many that they have almost become routine. Usually they are greeted by out-right dismissal by Football’s governing body. This time, FIFA seems intent on trying to repair its already tarnished reputation.
“Give us time to digest that and start the investigation…”
The claims of bribery from the former FA boss concerned Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz, Ricardo Teixeira and Warowi Makudi. Leoz, President of the South American Football Confederation even went as far to ask for a knighthood from the UK in return for his vote.
Blatter reacted to Lord Triesman’s claims by saying “There is a new round of information. Give us time to digest that and start the investigation by asking for evidence on what has been said”, he said, “we will react immediately against all those in breach of the ethics code rules.”
…Sepp Blatter must finally move FIFA into his promised “greater transparency”…
After the latest revelations, it is time surely for a full independent inquiry held for everyone to see and not behind closed doors. We must have reached the point where Sepp Blatter must finally move FIFA into his promised “greater transparency” before many people around the world lose faith in them all together, and we finally find out what happened to the England 2018 bid?
The FA has agreed to send a full dossier of the allegations and evidence to back up Lord Triesman’s claims, as well as hiring a leading lawyer to review the allegations made. Current FA chairman, David Bernstein, said it is now “very important” to see what evidence backs up the claims and whether FIFA and the FA need to take it further.
How he reacts to the current situation may help him through…
Another cloud of corruption scandal comes at a time when Sepp Blatter should be preparing for the FIFA Presidential Elections on 1 June. How he reacts to the current situation may help him through and win the vote over opposition Mohamed Bin Hammam, who commented on the recent allegations by saying that FIFA “isn’t corrupt.”
As always in football politics, the issue will grumble on until it is resolved or a more controversial issue arises. What FIFA must do though is realise this is an opportunity to revitalise itself and get everyone back on side.