As many of you know, I have been a long critic of the corrupt history of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and its sleazy leadership. For years, many have called for FIFA officials to end their global reputation as corrupt and self-dealing. They showed utter contempt for such calls and investigation. It was not until the United States worked with other countries to arrest top officials that FIFA fessed up to its problems. However, it did not take long for FIFA to go back to its old ways. It has now made future corruption scandals less likely not by the implementation of new rules allowing the punishment of those who “defame” FIFA officials or the organization. Indeed, the word “corruption” is no longer in the code of ethics. Moreover, bribes and other violations kept secret for ten years will be essentially wiped clean for purposes of prosecution.
The new rules would have allowed FIFA president Infantino to effectively sanction his accusers.
Moreover, FIFA has now effectively declared that corrupt practices detailed from over ten years ago will no longer prosecuted. Section 12.1 states, “Bribery, misappropriation of funds and manipulation of football matches or competitions may no longer be prosecuted after a lapse of ten years.” Why? This is not a criminal prosecution but an internal process to address corrupt practices.
The result is that corrupt acts will just disappear while whistleblowers can be prosecuted by FIFA. That is called Ethics – FIFA Style.