By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
Chances are that this Friday 26 February will mark the old FIFA’s ultimate defiance of the pressure exerted over five years by most of football’s fans and stakeholders. There will be reform, but will there be change?
Less than 20 percent of football fans state that they have confidence in FIFA, say numbers from a poll conducted by Transparency International that also shows that 60 percent would choose neither of the presidential candidates running in Friday’s FIFA election.
Unions and the sporting goods industry have had enough of FIFA and demand a showdown with the past and reform of football’s governing body. At last week’s forum on the future of FIFA, held in the European Parliament, the tone against FIFA sharpened.
What does it mean that the U.S. Justice Department has been the instigator of unravelling what has been taking place in FIFA? In this comment piece, Christer Ahl looks at the pros and cons of the U.S. involvement.