What happens if an individual makes a claim regarding corruption in sport - most notably football?

Corruption in Sport

Corruption in Sport can take a number of forms but most notably in football surrounds certain payments made during transfer dealings and often payments made to certain referees and officials in the form of bribes.

Situation whereby an individual makes a claim regarding corruption in a particular sport  

Very recently in the sport of football there has been a high profile claim of corruption made by an individual who occupied an extremely lofty position in the Football Association – the national governing body of football in England.

What did the claim relate to?

In this case during a private conversation the individual representing the Football Associated stated that he believed that two other countries who were bidding to host the 2018 World Cup along with England would be undertaking bribery towards the officials during the 2010 World Cup.

Were these comments seen to represent the thoughts and feelings of the Football Association as a whole?

As the comments were recorded from a private conversation these are deemed not to constitute the thoughts and feelings of the Football Association as a whole – a statement was issued not long after the comments became public to that effect.

Furthermore the Football Association quickly sent letters to the others football federations involved to try and resolve the situation.

What has the response been from FIFA in relation to this case?

Despite the comments deemed to be personal opinion and not the thoughts and feelings of the Football Association as a whole FIFA deem it necessary to investigate any claims of bribery as this is an extremely serious allegation.

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