People need to understand that corruption can consume any organization or anyone within it. Even when they are known worldwide and control the world’s number one sport, soccer. For FIFA there has been a sequence of events pertaining to the corruption and bribery scandal. It can be said that the corruption of FIFA started with former president João Havelange. He served for 24 years (1974-1998) and received approximately $42 million in bribes while president. After he was replaced by Sepp Blatter the lack of reform and an unwillingness to change FIFA was all thanks to the environment established beforehand.
Since Havelange stepped down in 1998 nothing much has changed in FIFA. Havelange accepted bribes of nearly $42 million from a marketing company during 1992-2000. He was still getting paid even after he wasn’t president of FIFA anymore. He was lucky to have paid a fine and escape trial for his bribes. There was already a history of criminal activity and it hasn’t stopped since then. FIFA has shown its disregard for change by its unwillingness to change or lack of instituting reform policies. Once a history of certain behavior has been established to deviate from that behavior can be challenging. There has been a sequence of events that has lead FIFA to this scandal.
Continued criminal activity has a compounding effect and FIFA is facing these consequences now. From former president Havelange to the neglect of moral actions, FIFA has turned a blind eye. The world views FIFA as a peaceful organization trying to help the people around the world. But, how can you say that you care about society while you use corruption as a tool for upward mobility? We all want to see justice be handed down and the good guys capturing the bad guys. If we allow FIFA to go unchecked and let them continue their bribery and corruption then we are sending a message to society that criminal activity is okay as long as you have money and power.
Those who are being investigated, soccer leaders around the world, have stated that the investigations are just imperialism and will seek to “fight it whenever it manifests itself” (Malik, 2015). Those leaders from different soccer nations have viewed the U.S. involvement as them trying to get back at FIFA for their loss at a potential World Cup hosting bid. The U.S. does have a tendency to get involved in situations they shouldn’t be involved in, but there was no other world power stepping up to handle FIFA and its criminality. To be honest, they were probably the only ones who could handle a prosecution of this size and nature. The sequence of events spanning decades are proof that FIFA is not a victim of individual action.
FIFA is responsible for their predicament that they are in. If we want to rid the world of the corrupt then we need to take control and prosecute. If we want future generations to know that the bad do not go unpunished, we have to show them that even the mightiest can be brought to their knees through justice and prosecution. (521)
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·What we stand for. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2015, from http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/who-we-are/explore-fifa.html
·Harress, C. (2015, May 27). FIFA Under Former President João Havelange Was Involved In Corruption Long Before Sepp Blatter’s Presidency. Retrieved November 14, 2015, from http://www.ibtimes.com/fifa-under-former-president-joao-havelange-was-involved-corruption-long-sepp-blatters-1941099