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Corruption in international football

Millions of euros greased the palms of Fifa officials so that Germany could host the 2006 Fifa World Cup, according to the news magazine Der Spiegel. Prior to this latest scandal Fifa's ethics committee suspended President Sepp Blatter for 90 days. Who can still be trusted in the world of football?

Main focus of Tuesday, 22. December 2015

Eight-year bans for Blatter and Platini

Fifa's Ethics Committee banned the organisation's president Sepp Blatter and Uefa boss Michel Platini from football-related activities on Monday over a payment Platini received from ... » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

The end of the Platini myth

The conservative daily Corriere della Sera is shocked by the Fifa Ethics Commission's decision to suspend Platini: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

Too bad about Platini

It's too bad that Platini, who was widely seen as a promising candidate to succeed Fifa president Blatter, must also leave the field, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes laments: » more

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

Fifa a shark pool

Blatter and not Platini is the main culprit, the daily La Libre Belgique writes: » more

Polityka - Poland | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

Still hope for football

The ban against Blatter and Platini could be an opportunity for change at Fifa, writes sport journalist Krzysztof Matlak in his blog with the centre-left news magazine Polityka: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 11. November 2015

Fifa's dirt also clings to the clean

In the corruption affair surrounding the award of the 2006 Fifa World Cup to Germany accusations are now being levelled at Franz Beckenbauer, who was head of the organising committee at the time. According to admissions by the German Football Association, Beckenbauer signed an agreement with Fifa shortly before Germany was named to host the event. The accusations are hardly surprising, the conservative daily Die Welt writes: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Monday, 26. October 2015

Fifa needs profound reform

The deadline for running for the post of president of the world football association Fifa ends today. Observers see the chances of Michel Platini, suspended by the ethics committee amidst allegations of corruption, dwindling. Fifa needs fundamental reform, the centre-right daily Jyllands-Posten demands: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 21. October 2015

Supposedly squeaky clean Platini

Uefa President Michel Platini has rejected all allegations of corruption in an interview. But he is still not a viable candidate for Fifa's presidence, writes the centre-left daily De Volkskrant: » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Monday, 19. October 2015

A shadow over Germany's summer fairytale

The German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that Fifa officials were paid 6.7 million euros in bribes to ensure that Germany won the bid to host the 2006 World Cup. Soon there will be no one left in football who is seen as trustworthy, the Christian liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten complains: » more

The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 11. October 2015

New Fifa boss is a bad joke

Following the suspension of Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, the longest-serving vice-president, Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, took over as acting president of the world football federation on Thursday. A more than questionable choice, the conservative daily The Sunday Times complains: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 8. October 2015

Blatter lives in a parallel universe

According to reports in the media Fifa's ethics committee wants to suspend Sepp Blatter - who will continue to be president of the federation until February 2016 - for 90 days. Blatter has clearly lost touch with reality, the centre-right daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments, noting that in a recent interview with the German magazine Bunte he said that both he and his federation were doing just fine: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Thursday, 4. June 2015

West should withdraw from Fifa and UN

The corruption scandal at Fifa has strong parallels with the corruption at the UN, the conservative daily Die Welt notes, wondering why international organisations are so corrupt nowadays: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, 4. June 2015

Fifa scandal highlights Swiss clientelism

The corruption scandal that has engulfed the international football association Fifa and its president Sepp Blatter puts the spotlight on Swiss clientelism once more, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Blatter resigns after all

Fifa President Joseph Blatter announced his resignation on Tuesday but intends to remain in office until his successor is elected. According to media reports Blatter ... » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Fifa gets a chance for renewal

The leadership crisis at Fifa should be used to correct the problems in international football, the conservative daily La Vanguardia comments: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Blatter must go now

Joseph Blatter must leave immediately rather than waiting for a new Fifa president to be elected in a few months' time, the liberal daily The Guardian demands: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Lonely Blatter capitulates

Loneliness and fatigue and not the corruption investigations are the reason for Blatter's resignation, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes in defence of the Fifa boss: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Wednesday, 3. June 2015

Press and judicary the most valuable players

Uefa President Michel Platini has called Blatter's resignation courageous. The liberal daily Le Soir finds such praise inappropriate, arguing that it was others who showed true grit: » more

The Washington Post - U.S. | Monday, 1. June 2015

Global perspectives: Fans don't care about Fifa's conduct

The Football World Cup in Brazil last year showed that Fifa's dubious practices don't stop football fans the world over from enjoying and getting the most out of major football events, the liberal daily The Washington Post comments: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 1. June 2015

Fifa's reform must begin with the clubs

In the midst of the Fifa corruption scandal the organisation's president Joseph Blatter was re-elected on Friday. The business transactions of the clubs must be subject to tighter controls to re-establish fair play in sport, the centre-left daily El País warns: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Boycott threats are premature

Despite the serious accusations being levelled at Fifa it is too soon to announce a boycott of the next World Cup or Uefa's withdrawal from Fifa, the centre-left daily The Guardian warns: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 29. May 2015

Blatter is an honourable man

Blatter's opponents and critics have been trying to blacken his name for years but the accusations always turned out to be unfounded, the editor-in-chief of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche writes in a guest commentary for the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, calling for more recognition of the good work the Fifa has done: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Friday, 29. May 2015

New federation a conceivable alternative to Fifa

Uefa has threatened to withdraw from Fifa if Sepp Blatter is re-elected. A new federation competing with Fifa could be a feasible option, the Christian-social daily Trouw comments: » more

Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Only absolute transparency can save Fifa

Following the arrest of top Fifa functionaries suspected of corruption and ties with organised crime, the association must finally be compelled to ensure transparency in its dealings, the liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning urges: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Football fans and functionaries must act now

Football fans and national football associations must stand up to Fifa and make sure that Joseph Blatter is not re-elected, the centre-left Süddeutsche Zeitung demands following the arrest of several top-level Fifa functionaries on Wednesday: » more


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