May 11 – FIFA unveils four-phase World Cup bidding process to elect 2026 hosts under efforts to prevent a repeat of bribery and corruption scandals that tarnished the 2018 and 2022 contest. Mark Bisson reports.
Feb. 5 – Theo Zwanziger, former head of the German FA, was within his right to call Qatar a “cancerous growth of world football”, according to a Dusseldorf court.
Oct. 6 – Chung Mong-joon, the former FIFA vice-president aiming to replace Sepp Blatter, admitted today that he faces a lengthy ethics ban and hit out at opponents trying to sabotage his campaign. Mark Bisson reports.
June 15 – Bonita Mersiades, one of the FIFA whistleblowers exposed in the botched World Cup bidding investigation, says Sepp Blatter and Domenico Scala are doing nothing more than trying to rescue the legacy of the beleaguered 79-year-old.
May 20 – Wary of the storm of controversy over the botched 2018 and 2022 World Cup contest, FIFA’s ruling body meets to finalise the 2026 bidding regulations next week, which are likely to favour a US bid. Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 18 – As FIFA’s top brass meet in Marrakesh, several leading football executives say the resignation of ethics investigator Michael Garcia has thrown world football’s governing body into fresh turmoil. Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 17 – FIFA’s top investigator Michael Garcia today quit in protest at the shambolic handling of his report that followed an 18-month investigation into allegations of possible corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding contest. Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 16 – In the latest farcical twist in FIFA’s World Cup bidding investigation, the federation’s disciplinary committee dismisses the complaints of whistleblowers Phaedra Al Majid and Bonita Mersiades.
Dec. 11 – The Australian president of sport’s highest court distances himself from a so-called FIFA whistleblower who alleged a FIFA ExCo member demanded “hard cash” from the Australian World Cup bid in exchange for his vote. Mark Bisson reports.
Nov. 18 – IOC president Thomas Bach dismisses questions about the transparency of FIFA’s World Cup bidding investigation… Two whistleblowers react and submit complaints. Mark Bisson reports