St Petersburg - FIFA will meet its leading commercial partners next month
after three of them increased pressure for major reforms to soccer's governing
body following a series of corruption scandals.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said that Coca-Cola, Visa and
McDonald's had written asking for information about what was being done to
clean up the governance of the sport and admitted that the situation made it
difficult to attract new sponsors.
"Clearly, there were a number of sponsors, mainly three, its Coca-Cola,
McDonald's and Visa, who have expressed and sent a letter to FIFA, asking for
information," he told a press conference.
"Two or three days ago we received a letter from all of them offering
to meet together, so there will be a meeting next month."
The scandals around FIFA came to a head in May when US prosecutors indicted
nine soccer officials, most of whom had FIFA positions, and five marketing and
broadcasting company executives over a range of alleged offences, including
fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.