Discover the World News Forecast . . . FIRST in Foresight Journalism

BUDAPEST 23 May 2012 FIFA Congress convenes

Kickbacks scandals and the circumstances of the unopposed re-election in 2011 of the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Se

May 23, 2012 - NULL

BUDAPEST 23 May 2012 FIFA Congress convenes

Kickbacks scandals and the circumstances of the unopposed re-election in 2011 of the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Sepp Blatter, promise to enliven FIFA's 2012 Congress. The governing body of world football is under pressure to clean itself up, and FIFA will be under the microscope at meetings in March and April.

FIFA executives meet in March to consider action. In a March statement, FIFA asserts that reforms have already been put in place. A committee overseeing reforms at FIFA plans to meet Mar 29-30 in Zurich to debate

BUDAPEST 23 May 2012 FIFA Congress convenes

Kickbacks scandals and the circumstances of the unopposed re-election in 2011 of the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Sepp Blatter, promise to enliven FIFA's 2012 Congress. The governing body of world football is under pressure to clean itself up, and FIFA will be under the microscope at meetings in March and April.

FIFA executives meet in March to consider action. In a March statement, FIFA asserts that reforms have already been put in place. A committee overseeing reforms at FIFA plans to meet Mar 29-30 in Zurich to debate proposals and potential action on the scandals. Both will be debated again in Strasbourg on Apr 25 by Council of Europe parliamentarians, which is expected to propose guidelines on good governance and ethical leadership across all sports.

Britain's Guardian newspaper noted in February that FIFA has in the past year been overwhelmed by allegations of corruption against past and present members of its most senior, decision-making executive committee. The scandals dogging the organization include allegations that senior soccer officials took millions of dollars in kickbacks from World Cup broadcast deals in the 1990s.

European lawmakers have called for an investigation and want FIFA to give more investigative powers to its ethics committee. They want to know whether Blatter, who was re-elected unopposed when rival candidate Mohamed bin Hammam withdrew after being accused of bribing voters, exploited his position ahead of the Jun 2011 vote. Bin Hammam claims that Blatter helped orchestrate the bribery scandal, and is challenging his lifetime ban by FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (WRITTEN MAR 2012)

RELATED READING:

Fifa corruption-investigation decision to be made in April (Guardian 14 Feb 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/feb/14/fifa-corruption-allegations-sepp-blatter?newsfeed=true

Sepp Blatter's Fifa re-election should be investigated, says committee (PA/Guardian 7 Mar 2012)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/mar/07/sepp-blatter-fifa-investigated-committee?newsfeed=true

FIFA Statement (FIFA 7 Mar 2012)
http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/footballgovernance/news/newsid=1595956/index.html

Date written/update: 2012-05-23