Aug. 28 – The Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 organising committees tell World Football INSIDER they have nothing to fear from an investigation into the scandal-hit bidding process that led to their shock World Cup awards in December 2010. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 30 – Sepp Blatter backs calls for a major revamp of FIFA’s governance made by anti-corruption chief Mark Pieth, whose report published today also dished out stinging criticism of FIFA, claiming past allegations of corruption were “insufficiently investigated”. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson rounds up the report’s recommendations and decisions made by the FIFA Ex-Co today.
Oct. 6 – CONCACAF general secretary and FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer is resigning at year’s end after two decades atop the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football.
Oct. 5 – Andy Anson raises serious doubts about Sepp Blatter’s willingness to implement meaningful reforms in the aftermath of the scandal-hit World Cup bidding process and FIFA presidential election. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Aug. 16 – Anti-corruption organisation Transparency International urges FIFA president Sepp Blatter to scrap his plans to reform football’s governing body from within and appoint a multi-stakeholder group to oversee comprehensive governance reforms… Still no explanations from FIFA for Bin Hammam ban. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Aug. 4 – FIFA tells INSIDER that the “fully motivated decision” for handing Mohamed Bin Hammam a lifetime football ban has yet to be sent to the former FIFA presidential candidate – nearly two weeks after the ethics committee’s verdict. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 7 – Mohamed Bin Hammam, the FIFA Executive Committee suspended over bribery allegations, has hit out at the leaking of information in the ethics committee investigation. Official from the Court of Arbitration for Sport tells INSIDER he expects the Bin Hammam case to end up at CAS. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 6 – FIFA’s ethics committee will meet to decide the fate of suspended Ex-Co member Mohamed Bin Hammam on July 22 and 23 following the sensational bribery allegations that have rocked world football. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 5 – A British parliamentary report into England’s failed 2018 World Cup bid slams FIFA for giving “every impression of wishing to sweep all allegations of misconduct under the carpet”. The report published today calls for FIFA to urgently review its governance of bidding processes and the English FA to review its strategy for engaging with world football’s governing body. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 15 – FIFA whistleblower tells INSIDER he is confident his response to complaints of “contempt and slander” from Caribbean Football Union leaders will clear him of any wrongdoing… A source close to bribery probe into Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam says CFU officials “may reconsider” previous statements when questioned. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.