Crisis unfolds: FIFA world cup bids land in hot water
Corruption scandal within football’s governing body FIFA has led to controversy and damage within the sport. TimelineUpdated: Oct 29, 2010 01:11 IST
What is the issue plaguing FIFA?
Two FIFA officers were recorded selling their votes for cash: Amos Adamu (Nigeria) and Reynald Temarii (Tahiti). FIFA rules state that bidding countries, officials and national football associations are strictly forbidden from even the “beginning of a collaboration” to influence voting. Even Spain-Portugal and Qatar have been accused of colluding with
each other to influence voting, forming an alliance to gain advantage.
Although FIFA did not name the countries, its former general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen told reporters the Spain-Portugal bid had struck a deal with Qatar. Míguel Angel López, general manager of the Candidatura Iberica bid, said: “The Candidatura Iberica told FIFA it doesn’t have agreement with any candidate and that I'm ready to work with FIFA to clear this matter up.”
Blatter will lead a ruling body reduced to 22 members, from a 24-member executive committee, which will decide the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Final decision due on Dec 2.
For 2018 World Cup: England, Russia and the joint bids of Belgium-Holland and Spain-Portugal.
For 2022 World Cup: USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar.
On the agenda
FIFA's ruling executive committee started a two-day meeting on Thursday. FIFA Ethics chairman Claudio Sulser said he aims to publish findings by Nov 17, warning Adamu and Temarii could be suspended for a further 20 days. Also, FIFA's executive will receive a progress report on preparations for the 2014 WC in Brazil. Will also discuss ongoing problems with national members, including Nigeria, Togo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
What he said
"Our society is full of devils and these devils you find them in football. We have to fight for fair play, we have to fight for respect and we have to fight that the people in charge of FIFA behave as they should do.” : Sepp Blatter, FIFA President
First Published: Oct 28, 2010 22:46 IST