Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

FIFA to Set Up Anti-Corruption Body

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

FIFA to Set Up Anti-Corruption Body

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The President of football's world governing body, FIFA, Sepp Blatter announced on 2 January, 2011 that he intends to set up "an anti-corruption committee to police world football's governing body."

This development follows close on the heals of the corruption allegations, which overshadowed the bidding and voting process for the awarding of the World Cup in 2018 and 2022, which led, in the event, to bans being imposed on two members of the FIFA Executive Committee, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii. It should be added that both of them have strenuously denied the allegations that have been made against them of selling their votes (see my previous ISLJ Opinion of 20 November, 2010, entitled, 'Kick corruption out of football').

According to Sepp Blatter:

  "This committee will strengthen our credibility and give us a new
  image in terms of transparency."

And gave the following personal pledge:

  "I will take care of it personally, to ensure there is no corruption
  at FIFA."

The new committee will consist of between seven and nine members, who will be drawn not only from sport, but also from politics, finance, business and culture. This is indeed good news. But, of course, the value of any body depends upon its members and it will be interesting to see who is, in fact, appointed - hopefully not 'the usual suspects'! The issue here is summed up in the well-known Latin tag coined by the Roman poet Juvenal: 'Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? …

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