FIFA: Corruption and crisis



Nathan J Bolton discusses the scandals that have rocked the FIFA authorities. This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of the rs21 magazine.


In 2011 after being re-elected as President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter asked, “crisis, what crisis?”. By 2015 despite just being re-elected for his fifth term, Blatter had resigned. At the time of writing, most of the FIFA executive committee, many FIFA vice-presidents and some heads of national or regional football associations have been indicted or are under arrest. The widespread corruption in FIFA, the global governing body of football, has been taken as a fact since that 2011 election where Blatter stood unopposed following the contentious decision that Russia and Qatar would host the football World Cup in 2018 and 2022 respectively.

After that election, Blatter continued to push away allegations using the courts system in Switzerland, where FIFA is based, and investigations through its…

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