Founded In Paris, France on May 21, 1904 First International Football Federation that was organized in Europe in that time. Original President was Robert Guerin of France
1st FIFA World Cup was on July 18, 1930 in Uruguay 2nd hosted by Italy ◦ 16 finilists ◦ No groups. Only knock-out rounds 3rd held in France 4th hosted by Brazil ◦ Postponed due to WWII FIFA World Cup Trophy titled: Jules Rimet Cup
Headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland President: Sepp Blatters 208 countries are Affiliated ◦ North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa Tournaments ◦ Men and Women’s World Cups and Olympics ◦ Youth Olympics ◦ The Confederations Cup ◦ Futsal
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FIFA Members Accused of Taking Bribes ◦ 2 members were caught telling a reporter that they would take money for their vote in where the 2018 and 2022 World Cup would be held. ◦ Once this began, everyone began pointing the finger at others. ◦ Many members were taking bribes and trading votes.
FIFA’s President issued statement. Investigations immediately began. Consistently sending out News Releases, holding conferences, updating public.
Frenchman, Reynald Temarri ◦ Fined 5,000 Swiss Francs ◦ Banned from football activity for 1 years Nigerian, Amos Adamu ◦ Fined 3,000 Swiss Francs ◦ Suspended from football activity for 3 years 4 other Football officials were fined and suspended.
Conspiracies Against the FIFA Presidential Election Began to Surface ◦ President at the time was Sepp Blatter. ◦ His challanger Mohamed Bin Hammam wanted to take his position ◦ Hammam joined with Michael Platini to take over Presidency. ◦ Union of European Football Association said they would support anyone that ran against Blatter. ◦ Jack Warner, FIFA Vice President, bribed other members for votes in the election.
Hammam and Warner were both suspended while the investigations were conducted Recently, both have been charged with bribery.
I feel that the crisis could not have been prevented. Although ethical regulations were set for committee members, it is difficult to monitor what goes on behind closed doors. Many of the accusations that were made about individual members were false, and some of them were not supported by enough evidence to convict.
With the of the nature of this crisis, I feel that Fédération Internationale de Football Association did a great job responding to the crisis. The organization leaders immediately addressed the issued and explained to the public through a news release on the first day. It gave the organization a chance to gain control before the media. Addressing it so quickly, and the constant updates and information to the public and media also helped show the transparency of the organization. I feel that the transparency is important to build and maintain trust with the stakeholders around the organization. Also, the quick response by FIFA to investigate the allegations was a smart decision.
Overall, the crisis that FIFA faced was inevitable. However, the organization took the necessary steps in a timely manner, and continues to investigate and update media and the publics. The media has responded in a neutral stance, and it seems that FIFA is working with the media to best represent the organization.