FIFA scandal worries sponsors

2011-05-31 14:16

Dubai - Emirates airline , a sponsor of FIFA tournaments including the World Cup, said it was disappointed by the corruption scandal that has erupted at world soccer's governing body.

"Emirates, like all football fans around the world, is disappointed with the issues that are currently surrounding the administration of the sport," Boutros Boutros, Emirates' divisional senior vice president for corporate communications, said in an emailed statement.

The airline's partnership with FIFA started with the 2006 World Cup in Germany and its contract as an official sponsor runs until the end of the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

"We hope that these issues will be resolved as soon as possible and the outcome will be in the interest of the game and sport in general," Boutros added.

The statement did not clarify if the airline was reviewing its association with FIFA.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, facing a deepening corruption scandal including accusations that Qatar 'bought' the right to host the 2022 World Cup, denied there was a crisis and described the problems as local difficulties on Monday.

Blatter is scheduled to stand unopposed for a fourth term at a FIFA election on Wednesday after his only rival in the vote, Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam, withdrew on Sunday and was later suspended by the body's ethics committee amid cash-for-votes allegations.

However, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International called on the soccer governing body to call off the elections on Tuesday and the English Football Association asked FIFA to postpone the vote because of the ongoing crisis.

Emirates's comments follow those made on Monday by corporate sponsors Coca-Cola Co and German sportswear maker Adidas , who warned concern about allegations of corruption within FIFA could harm the game.


  • Ano Nymous - 2011-05-31 14:46

    Perhaps FIFA should expand the slogan reperoire of "Say No To Racism!" to include a few more no-no's.

  • Ingie - 2011-05-31 14:54

    Good that that they are holding off the elections as he will steal more money than he has. Thought he was too good to be true. No matter where in the world and no matter how rich you are, they are all the same CROOKS!!!!

  • Kaapie - 2011-05-31 15:06

    Emirates drop them and see how big Sepp's Bladder will be!!!

      supafly - 2011-05-31 16:54

      Come on, taking a stand could prove to be a vry costly exercise when all the dust settles. Just ask Tutu (yes Desmond) or Maile (Julius's opponent) or if you like just ask Cope. I'm not making a political stand, but merely a point! You don't embarrass an org as massive as FIFA and live to tell the tale (in the manner of speakin). The biggest casualty here, I predict will be England, i.e. no w/c hosting rights for a vry long time, which could prove vry costly in lost revenue and re-branding/marketing, etc. The sponsors know this too, cause for evry Visa there's Mastercard or Amex, for evry Coke there's Pepsi, for evry Adidas there's Nike, for evry Emirates Airlines there's …………! I think I've made my point!

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-31 15:07

    Adidas and Coca-cola are not far behind. More and more sponsors will raise their concerns. "Crisis, what crisis...?"

  • Dan - 2011-05-31 15:14

    World soccer in general is corrupt. From FIFA, through the European leagues and even right down to our own SAFA. Just can't believe it took so long before anyone decided to have a closer look into the affairs of FIFA. We all know SA had to pay somebody a bribe (it is just the African way of doing business) and we all could clearly see the Qatar bid was decided long before any voting took place. I would say a good deep investigation will come up with Billions (not Millions) of Dollars corruption

  • Neville - 2011-05-31 15:22

    Sepp is a MAFIA no one oppose him he is going to loose big time , get some young people to run fifa

  • Lump of coal - 2011-05-31 15:28

    No "camel-jockey" or "rastafarian" running for the top post anymore ?? Crisis ?? What crisis ??

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