Fifa, football's world governing body, will once again be meeting in Zurich this week. Following eight months of drama, intrigue and, at times, outright absurdity, the organisation is hoping both to elect a new president and agree a new package of reforms. Indeed, it's hoping to draw a line under the most tumultuous period in its 112 year history.
My new interest for FIFA made me log in to their website to read their mission statement. I think FIFA needs some help in finding who they are, and what they stand for, so I rewrote their mission statement for them.
Struggling to follow the Fifa presidential election? Not to worry. We've got an extensive guide for you, summing up the main
Jack Warner has appointed the man who represented Moors murderer Myra Hindley to defend him against accusations of taking
Bribery and corruption - like beauty and so many other lofty moral issues and ideals - are always in the eye of the beholder
Football plays a huge role in our society, linking communities across the world in a shared passion for positive sporting values. The game has the potential to reach out to marginalised communities, improve health and wellbeing and bridge the gap between generations.
It's high time sportsmen take sports back from the clutch of statesmen. This is how the FIFA scandal should have been seen: not as a parable for capitalism, but as a lesson of what happens when sports become shorthand for politics.
The Fifa headquarters, including the office of outgoing president Sepp Blatter, has had computer data seized by Swiss authorities
At the heart of Fifa is a lesson about tackling corruption that goes far deeper. Corruption at Fifa was not a surprise. For years it lined the pockets of those on the inside and was met with little more than a reluctant sigh. The world shied away from taking on the problem, until some brave British journalists and American lawyers showed that things really could change. The same is true of corruption the world over... World leaders simply cannot dodge this issue any longer. We have to show some of the same courage that exposed Fifa and break the taboo on talking about corruption. I will start tomorrow at the G7 in Germany and I will put corruption at the heart of my agenda at the United Nations in September and the G20 in Turkey, culminating with a major anti-corruption Summit in London next year.
Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner has heaped further shame on the sporting body by citing a satirical article on The
The presenter, who was sacked from his post at Sky Sports after making derogatory comments about female assistant referee
Britain's Serious Fraud Office said it is actively assessing "material in its possession" relating to allegations of possible
"I will not allow the actions of a few to destroy the actions of those who work so hard for football,” he said. “Those who
It's no secret that Russia and Qatar have been very unpopular World Cup hosts, and it's nothing to do with football snobbery. The most contentious issues have been the decision to move to the latter to an unconventional winter slot and far more importantly the abuses to human life by both nations.
Fifa is facing the collapse of lucrative World Cup sponsorship deals following the darkest day in its history which saw senior
A World Cup whistleblower, who made allegations of corruption against the Qatari bid to host the tournament in 2022, was
Allegations have been made of millions of dollars of improper payments to Fifa officials who were involved in the process of voting for the winning bids. We are no closer today to knowing whether or not these allegations are true or false. Fifa has investigated itself and not surprisingly found itself to be not guilty.
The World Cup is nearly upon us, and although that will bring excitement for many, there will also be a large number of people dreading a month filled with conversation about the competition. On these occasions feigning interest is your only real option, and this bluffer's guide should help you to keep up and maybe even look like a bona fide football fan.