Dec. 7 – FBI investigates the year-old bid process that sent the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 finals to Qatar … FIFA-appointed governance expert Mark Pieth says he will not ignore FIFA’s past … More in this edition of INSIDER Digest.
Oct. 5 – Three FIFA Ex-Co members today responded to criticism of the scandal-hit World Cup bidding process and claimed Sepp Blatter’s imminent anti-corruption reforms can rebuild the governing body’s battered image. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Leaders in Football in London.
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.
July 25 – INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson rounds up the latest global football business news – Turkish FA postpones kickoff … David Beckham weighs in on England 2018… Japan enjoys aftermath of Women’s World Cup win… Uruguay wins Copa America… UEFA reveals shortlist for Best Player in Europe.
June 29 – Andy Anson is named as the new chief executive of UK-based Kitbag. It’s his first full-time post since England’s humiliating first-round elimination in FIFA’s 2018 host city vote. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 26 – INSIDER understands that Australia’s sports minister Mark Arbib is closely watching developments at FIFA following calls in some quarters for a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup if bribery allegations against Qatar are proven. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 24 – Asian Football Confederation boss Mohamed Bin Hammam says he is disappointed the English FA has decided to abstain in next week’s FIFA presidential election. Today he called for FA chiefs to “reconsider their position and make moves to engage fully with the global football family”. INSIDER”S Mark Bisson reports.
May 16 – INSIDER editor Mark Bisson rounds up the ten things you need to know about the global football business today.
May 11 – FIFA urges the English FA and The Sunday Times to come forward with evidence of bribery in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race following yesterday’s explosive allegations of corruption involving four more Ex-co members. CAF president says accusations are “pure invention”. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
May 11 – The International Olympic Committee tells INSIDER it is seeking evidence from The Sunday Times about explosive allegations that the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid paid bribes to African football chief Issa Hayatou in exchange for his vote. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.