FIFA whistleblower Phaedra Al-Majid, who accused Qatar of corruption in its successful bid to win the right to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, said on Wednesday she was living in fear after receiving threats against her family.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has told English FA chairman Greg Dyke that Michael Garcia`s report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups could be made public if people named in it waive any right to any subsequent legal action.
Football`s world governing body FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss attorney general over "possible misconduct" by individuals in connection with the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Whistleblowers who played a key role in World Cup corruption allegations have made a formal complaint to FIFA that promises to maintain their confidentiality have been broken, Britain`s national Press Association news agency reported Monday.
Qatar, host of the 2022 football World Cup, pledged Sunday to introduce new legislation to replace the controversial "kafala" sponsorship system and improve conditions for migrant workers by early 2015.
FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert played down differences with investigator Michael Garcia over the conclusions of a report into the vote for 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar, saying it had not yet been finalised.
FIFA`s governance of world soccer is a "farce" and Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert`s statement summarising an 18-month probe into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is "high comedy", according to the Australian whistleblower discredited in the statement.
Teflon-coated Sepp Blatter has survived plenty of crises during his 16 years as FIFA president and although the current one over the Garcia corruption report takes world soccer`s governing body into uncharted waters, he is very likely to come through it too.
The "absolutely incredible" events buffeting FIFA mean world soccer`s governing body must now release the full report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if it is to rebuild its tarnished image, the man who hopes to become its next president told Reuters on Friday.
FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert told Reuters he was surprised at public criticism from his investigative counterpart Michael Garcia over the report which concluded that the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups did not have to be re-run.
Irish female footballer Stephanie Roche, who currently plays for Peamount United, has earned a unique distinction of being the only woman to have been shortlisted for FIFA's goal of the year alongside fellow strikers Robin van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.