The many faces of the scandal

The scandal of corruption and bribery charges that have been surrounding FIFA has gotten notice from many. News stations around the world have picked up the story and have been following it. News outlets are the main source of people/organizations that have writing about the issue. But there are other sources such as Visa, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Anheuser-Busch InBev. These four companies are actually the top corporate sponsors of FIFA. News such as the New York Times and CNN are some of the more credible organizations writing. There are always two sides to an argument, and that can’t be truer than in this instance.

People have arguments all the time and it isn’t any different for this topic. It just depends on which source/author you are reading from. Such as, Rebecca Ruiz from the New York Times who wrote an article about the United States viewing ​FIFA as victims and only its leaders as the wrongdoers. Going after the leaders is all good, but when the system is in turmoil there should be overall change to it. “…United States considers FIFA and its confederations victims” (Ruiz, 2015). Ruiz indicates that since FIFA and the two regional confederations central to the investigation are not being prosecuted and the U.S. views them as victims who were taken advantage of by the corrupt leaders. It does seem strange that prosecutors are choosing to go after individuals rather than the organization as a whole. High ranking individuals tend to have subordinates, and who’s to say that they aren’t involved in the criminal activity as well. While some may write about the “victims” others have written about the true perpetrators.

FIFA sponsors
FIFA sponsors in 2014

“Every day that passes, the image and reputation of FIFA continues to tarnish.” (Das, 2015). These were words Coca-Cola, one of FIFA’s top sponsors, stated trying to get Blatter to step down as president of FIFA. Three of the top four sponsors included statements as well asking Blatter to step down for the process of reform to truly take place. To see that FIFA’s own sponsors are speaking against them must tell you that there is something wrong with the current state of FIFA. This pressure from sponsors and two investigations could be enough for him to give up his presidency, but he has continually said he has no intentions of that. Even with this powerful influence against FIFA there are still those who are supporting it.

The prosecutors in both investigations, and Sepp Blatter and his cronies are the two sides of this issue. While there might seem as if there are two sides, only one has been constantly in front of the media. U.S. prosecutors have been regularly speaking with media letting the world know about their plans and the investigation. By speaking to the media as well as the general public one could gather that prosecutors maintain all the power. This show of power helps to keep the public’s approval for the investigation of the bad guys. There hasn’t been many public speaking done by Blatter or his associates, but he has maintained that he is innocent of any charges. This lack of media attention to cry out for their innocence I believe has shown that there is something behind the scenes of FIFA that isn’t completely of legal standing.

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