FIFA must look to own future

2010-12-03 12:53

Zurich - FIFA has put to bed the thorny subject of SoccerWorld Cup hosting for the foreseeable future and will now have time to ponder its own path forwards after a tumultuous couple of months.

Having voted to send the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, it may be another 10 years before FIFA has to go through the process again when it chooses who will stage the tournament in 2026.

That could force soccer's world governing body to take a good, long, hard look in the mirror.

The executive committee, which took the most far-reaching decision in international sport, was cut to 22 members from the usual 24 after two were suspended by the ethics committee last month, one for breaking loyalty rules and another for bribery.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, embarrassed by the wrongdoing having been uncovered by the Sunday Times newspaper rather than the governing body itself, said at the time his federation needed to be tougher in ferreting out improper practices.

"We have to look to avoid in the future such situations. This is an item under scrutiny," he said. "With experience in life, you should not repeat twice the same error."

Former general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen has led calls for an external investigation into the goings-on inside FIFA.

The question is whether soccer's governing body really will act or whether, with World Cup bidding out of the way for a decade, it will simply hope the dust will settle and the whole affair will be forgotten.

Blatter has insisted the ethics commission, headed by former Switzerland forward Claudio Sulser, is capable of policing FIFA.

But, amid growing concern at the damage to FIFA's host country, the Swiss government's sports minister is looking into the possibly of closing a loophole in its anti-corruption laws which do not cover international sports organisations.

If the law is changed, FIFA could be forced to accept outside interference whether it likes it or not.


  • bill - 2010-12-03 13:10

    Excellent! One hopes that Blatters days are numbered. I very much doubt whether he and his cronies could survive an independent audit. FIFA is a law unto itself and this gravy train should be stopped.

      Nthlarhi - 2010-12-03 14:18

      So according to you England shouldn't lose? There are more than 200 countries afilliated to FIFA and each an every country has the right to be given a chance to host the SWC for as long as such country can afford to organise it. Please don't make it as if England is the God of world soccer.

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  • urbanhealthgreenside - 2010-12-03 13:21

    the fat cats get off scot free gain

  • Ockert - 2010-12-03 14:02

    The choice of these 2 countries is strange - lots money must have been involved, why do the 2022 one ?, preparing for retirement as the guys involved will not be there at the time it should have been done ???

  • Jim - 2010-12-03 22:02

    ....."If the law is changed, FIFA could be forced to accept outside interference whether it likes it or not." Most sensible possible thing that could happen - strange to imagine FIFA with no-one on the executive..

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