March 22 – FIFA’s ethics committee launches probe into cash-for-votes 2006 Germany World Cup bid bribery scandal and organizing committee officials including Franz Beckenbauer. Mark Bisson reports
March 4 – A law firm suggests there is no evidence of Germany buying votes from FIFA members to stage the 2006 World Cup but can’t prove it. Kevin Nutley reports.
Oct. 7 – FIFA is coming under increasing pressure to publish Michael Garcia’s report into alleged corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after Franz Beckenbauer backed calls for its release.
June 13 – FIFA has slapped Franz Beckenbauer with a 90-day ban for his unwillingness to aid the investigation into the integrity of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid.
Sept. 20 – Despite Michel Platini’s repeated calls for a winter 2022 World Cup, Qatar organisers tell World Football INSIDER they have no intention of switching the tournament from the summer. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 16 – Scrutiny of Sepp Blatter’s leadership of FIFA is intensifying following controversial comments he made to SonntagsBlick and calls from Football Supporters Europe for him to resign as president. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 16 – Question marks surround Jerome Valcke’s role in overseeing Brazil’s World Cup progress following his stinging criticism of preparations. INSIDER has learned that the FIFA secretary general is not set to resume his scheduled tour of 2014 host cities next week as planned. Could Blatter now appoint Franz Beckenbauer to monitor World Cup progress? INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Feb. 24 – South Korea are Asia’s first team through to the London Olympics… FIFA Task Force Football 2014 welcomes two new members… Nigeria’s sports commission will meet next month with FIFA to address the country’s embattled football governance. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Feb. 20 – Pele will not attend the FIFA Football Task Force 2014 meeting on Wednesday – the third no-show for the panel’s deputy chairman. The Brazilian legend’s absence raises serious questions about the 71-year-old’s commitment to ensuring the success of his home nation’s World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 5 – Franz Beckenbauer today said that the scandals swirling around FIFA have severely damaged football’s governing body. The Munich 2018 bid backer claimed Sepp Blatter could take lessons in transparency from the IOC in future World Cup bidding processes. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Durban.