FIFA Forward Football Development Programme

FIFA Forward is a “step change” for global football development. It is built on three principles to provide 360 degree, tailor-made support for football development in each of FIFA’s  member associations and the six confederations: • more investment, • more impact, • more oversight.The aim is to improve the way we develop and support football across … [Read more…]

Spectacular scale of greed at the former top of FIFA

The spectacular scale of greed at the former top of FIFA was revealed on Friday when lawyers said that three high-ranking former officials – Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner – had secretly given themselves pay rises and massive World Cup bonuses totalling 79.000.000 Swiss francs (about 650.000.000 Swedish kronas). Read full story at The Guardian … [Read more…]

UEFA laid down investigation into suspected corruption

Infantino and Platini

When the European Championship was assigned to Ukraine and Poland in 2012 UEFA received warnings in an early internal report. A “tipster”, a former official of the Cyprus Football Association, claimed that some of those who voted for Poland / Ukraine should have been paid to do so. UEFA appointed a special investigator, Peter Limacher, who was supposed to meet the “tipster” … [Read more…]

FIFA World Cup 2014 in retrospect – but what will we see in the future FIFA reports from Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022?

The World Cup in Brazil 2014 should have had a positive impact but put under scrutiny a lack of engagement from FIFA and corporate sponsors have left a bad taste that still remains halfway to the World Cup 2018 in Russia and probably all the way until 2022 in Qatar. In FIFA’s Sustainability Report 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with Sepp … [Read more…]

Amnesty International: Abuse of World Cup workers exposed

By Amnesty International, 30 March 2016 “Migrant workers on Khalifa International Stadium and the surrounding Aspire Zone, one of the main venues for the 2022 World Cup, have been subjected to a range of exploitative practices. This includes high recruitment fees for which many took out loans; false promises about the pay and type of … [Read more…]

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned from football for eight years by FIFA

Sepp Blatter and the longtime Fifa president’s one-time heir apparent, Michel Platini, have been banned from football for eight years, ending the career of the former and definitively derailing the vaulting ambitions of the latter. The Fifa ethics committee, chaired by the German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, has ruled that both men should be banned despite … [Read more…]