Some of Fifa’s largest sponsors have warned that they will reassess their future with Fifa following the arrest of sevem high-ranking officials on charges of bribery and corruption on Wednesday.
Visa, Coca-Cola, and Adidas have all voiced their concerns about corruption within football’s governing body after details of the scandal emerged, and said the scandal had “tarnished” the reputation of the sport around the world.
“We expect Fifa to take swift and immediate steps to address these issues. Should FIFA fail to do so, we have informed them that we will reassess our sponsorship”
“This lengthy controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the Fifa World Cup”
The seven Fifa executives arrested are accused of fraud, racketeering and money laundering, and are alleged to have taken bribes to influence the outcome of bids to stage football tournaments including the 2010 South Africa World Cup and the 2016 Copa America in the US.
Questions have also been raised over alleged corruption in awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia, and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a small, oil-rich Gulf state where few play football, and the climate is inhospitable to the sport.
Fifa has provisionally banned 11 of the 14 people charged by US authorities on Wednesday.
Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, who has not been named in the investigations, pulled out of a Fifa-organised medical conference earlier today in the wake of the a allegations.