Governing body continues to ignore big Elephant in the room.
Claims of corruption in the 2018 World Cup bidding process have damaged Fifa’s reputation, says a member of the body which will choose the hosts next month.
Fifa will decide next week whether to take action against two executive committee members, Nigerian Amos Adamu and Tahitian Reynald Temarii.
The duo face corruption charges following a Sunday Times expose.
“I’m sure there’s damage for Fifa and for the World Cup,” Fifa executive member Junji Ogura told BBC Sport.
“We were very surprised and disappointed when the executive committee announced two members had been provisionally suspended. We are waiting for the outcome of the Fifa ethics committee later this month and we don’t know if they are innocent.” (BBC Sport)
You have to love the guys at FIFA. Still as deluded and confused as ever. The fact that this ‘member’ of the governing body is willing to say that there has been damage caused to the organization due to the claims of corruption but doesn’t seem so willing to state that the ‘corruption’ itself has damaged FIFA.
What can we read from this? Well it seems that FIFA is as keen as ever to continue to run it’s house behind closed doors as usual, hoping to continue as before and maintain the status quo. In other words they appear to have no interest in cleaning up their shop in the way the IOC realised they needed to in the late 1990s.
The fact that it has been stated by a FIFA member that England’s chances of being awarded the 2018 World Cup have been tarnished simply because a national newspaper blew the lid on the corruption that is rife in the game is frankly very disturbing and must make many wish that a rival organization was on hand so that nations who were sick and tired of the antiquated actions of FIFA could be held to task.
The game is stuck in a monopoly and anyone with eyes in their head can see that Sepp Blatter and co will almost certainly not punish either of the two suspended officials because to do so would a) admit there was any problem with corruption within the organization and b) that problem would then need to be rooted out which would no doubt implicate a number of other Committee members who had abused the system.
The article goes on to state
Reporters from the Sunday Times posed as lobbyists for a consortium of private American companies who wanted to secure the World Cup for the United States.
Adamu has been accused of asking to be paid £500,000 – half of that up front – to build four artificial football pitches in his home country.
Temarii, a Fifa vice-president who represents the Oceania confederation, was alleged to have requested £1.5m for a sports academy to be built in the region.
Both deny any wrongdoing and will fight the allegations when they appear before Fifa’s ethics committee at a three-day hearing that begins on 15 November.
Initially, England’s chances did not seem to have been hit by the Sunday Times investigation.
But a member of the England bid team told the BBC last week that the campaign had been “significantly harmed” by a Fifa backlash against the British media.
One source said the reaction of the Fifa members to the expose was so bad that if the vote were tomorrow England would certainly lose.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter recently met with British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss England’s bid
Crucially, it now seems even long-term core supporters of England’s bid have told officials they can no longer back them in the 2 December vote.
England 2018 fear further damage could be caused by another investigation into Fifa’s conduct by BBC’s Panorama.
Last week, it emerged that England 2018 chief executive Andy Anson met with the BBC director general Mark Thompson to discuss the possible upcoming programme. (BBC Sport)
So that will definitely put the kybosh on England’s hopes. If the Panorama programme finds more cases of FIFA Committee members with their hands in the cookie jar, expect Sepp and co to chastise England for allowing their journalists to uncover more corruption, rather than attempting to rid themselves of the clearly dodgy individuals. Jack Warner being a prime example, the CONCACAF President still doggedly refusing to pay Trinidad and Tobago players what they are owed from the 2006 World Cup, among other scandals that have followed him, these are the types of people that are trusted with running the game and it is a disgrace that nothing is done to clean up FIFA.