Corruption conundrum FIFA presidential election to go ahead despite corruption arrests

FIFA has told gathered media that there will be no revote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in light of arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich on Wednesday morning.

  • Published:
Sepp Blatter, FIFA President play

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The FIFA presidential election will go ahead as planned on Friday, while the governing body has confirmed there will be no revotes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

On Wednesday, Swiss authorities arrested several top FIFA officials with plans to extradite them to the United States, where they will face federal corruption charges.

Later, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice announced that criminal proceedings have been opened in connection with the award of 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals.

However, the governing body's communications director Walter De Gregorio has said Friday's vote for the FIFA presidency, in which Sepp Blatter, 79, is widely expected to win re-election to a fifth term, will go ahead as planned.

De Gregorio also outlined that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will take place in Russia and Qatar respectively.

He said at a news conference in Zurich: "Russia and Qatar will be played, this is fact today. I can't go into speculation about what will happen tomorrow."

The 209 presidents of FIFA's member federations will vote on Friday for the man to lead world football's governing body.

Two candidates, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag, withdrew last week to leave Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein -- FIFA's vice-president for Asia -- and the incumbent Blatter to vie for the position.

De Gregorio said of Blatter: "He is not dancing in his office ... he's not kind of a happy man today saying 'that's really cool what happened.'"

Allegations of corruption among FIFA have hit a new high since 2010, when the body awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar -- two countries embroiled in human rights investigations.

A whistleblower told the The Times of London that she witnessed multiple African FIFA officials receiving bribes of $1.5 million for their votes on the World Cup.

FIFA then began an investigation into the bids in 2012, but its full report has not been made public and its author, former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia, has slammed the integrity of the summary released by FIFA's ethics committee.

FIFA issued a statement saying it is fully cooperating with the federal corruption charges investigation.

De Gregorio added that "FIFA is the damaged party" and "it is once again FIFA suffering under the circumstances."

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Watch Fufu is killing Africans - Pastor Mensa Otabilbullet
2 Tragic KNUST student commits suicide over exam resultsbullet
3 Tragic Investigation launched into suicide committed by KNUST studentbullet
4 Independence Celebration Ghana @ 60 cloth out; sells at GH¢240bullet
5 Drill Ship Saga I'll make sure Asiedu Nketia goes to jail - K.T...bullet
6 Ford Gift saga I gave Ford Expedition gift to Nana Addo - Mahamabullet
7 Congratulations Ghanaian awarded CBE by the Queen of Englandbullet
8 Infrastructure Construction of Awoshie-Pokuase interchange...bullet
9 Assault OccupyGhana demands justice for lady stripped...bullet
10 Sexual Rights Foh-Amoaning calls Human rights activist...bullet

Top Videos

1 Health Alert Fufu is killing Africans - Mensah Otabilbullet
2 Watch Kumchacha delivers Counselor Lutterodt from 'demons'bullet
3 Marine Drive Project Time's up, but residents refuse to relocatebullet
4 Video Police officer attacked at Flagstaff Housebullet
5 Night Life Some taxi drivers and their night driving experiencesbullet
6 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank...bullet
7 Obinim What happen'd when we fact checked Obinim's Bible...bullet
8 Video Taxi driver terrified after an encounter with a ghostbullet
9 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries...bullet
10 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in...bullet

News