The news that the FBI was charging FIFA executives on corruption charges has shook the soccer world and been major headlines outside as well. This is such huge news that it’s kind of hard to grasp what this might end up meaning. But there are some folks out there who have put out press releases quickly. Below is a collection of quotes from various organizations in the wake of the FIFA news.
The United States Soccer Federation firmly believes there is no higher priority, and nothing more important, than protecting the integrity of our game. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and business practices, and we will continue to encourage CONCACAF and FIFA to promote the same values. Out of respect for the ongoing investigation, we will not speculate or comment further on this matter at this time.
The Football Association
“We should stress this morning’s developments are very serious for FIFA and its current leadership.
“As one of the associations who nominated Prince Ali it will not surprise you to learn that if the election for president goes ahead The FA will be voting for him. However, there must be a question mark over whether the election should take place in these circumstances.
“Clearly things are changing very quickly and our delegation to the FIFA congress in Zurich, which I am leading, will discuss the position and what we should do about it with our colleagues in UEFA when we meet tomorrow morning.”
This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.
As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.
While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take. In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year.
Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game. Following the events of today, the independent Ethics Committee – which is in the midst of its own proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups – took swift action to provisionally ban those individuals named by the authorities from any football-related activities at the national and international level. These actions are on top of similar steps that FIFA has taken over the past year to exclude any members who violate our own Code of Ethics.
We will continue to work with the relevant authorities and we will work vigorously within FIFA in order to root out any misconduct, to regain your trust and ensure that football worldwide is free from wrongdoing.
German Football League – Reinhard Rauball
“The things that have been revealed today go beyond anyone’s wildest imagination,” he said. “It would be absolutely the wrong signal to return to business as usual at the FIFA congress.”
He even hinted that the best step would be for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign.
“Sepp Blatter – whether he is directly involved or not – should do football a favor. Things can’t go on like this.”
The Adidas Group is fully committed to creating a culture that promotes the highest standards of ethics and compliance, and we expect the same from our partners. Following today’s news, we can therefore only encourage FIFA to continue to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do.
I have been afforded no due process and I have not even been questioned in this matter. I reiterate I am innocent of any charges
Today’s events are a disaster for Fifa and tarnish the image of football as a whole. Uefa is deeply shocked and saddened by them. These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in Fifa’s culture. There is a need for the whole of Fifa to be “rebooted” and for a real reform to be carried out. The upcoming Fifa Congress risks to turn into a farce and therefore the European associations will have to consider carefully if they should even attend this Congress and caution a system, which, if it is not stopped, will ultimately kill football.
The Uefa member associations are meeting tomorrow ahead of the Fifa Congress. At that point, the European associations will decide on what further steps need to be taken to protect the game of football. In the meantime, the members of the Uefa executive committee are convinced that there is a strong need for a change to the leadership of this Fifa and strongly believe that the Fifa Congress should be postponed, with new Fifa presidential elections to be organised within the next six months
Russian Foreign Ministry
Without going into details about the charges that have been brought up, we point to the fact that this is another case of the illegal extraterritorial application of U.S. laws. Once again, we urge Washington to stop trying to set itself up as a judge far outside its borders and to follow the generally accepted international legal procedures
These guys had no respect for the ball. Today we have a FIFA that’s worth several billions of dollars while there are players that make 150 dollars
Office of the Swiss Attorney General
In theory and depending on the outcome of the investigation, Sepp Blatter could be questioned in the coming weeks, and theoretically – every person involved in the allocation of the World Cups might be questioned
Attorney General Loretta Lynch
“Long-running investigation into bribery and corruption into soccer. These people held important responsibilities at every level, and they corrupted it to enrich themelves. We must root out this corruption.”
FBI Director James Comey
As charged in the indictment, the defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world. Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA. When leaders in an organisation resort to cheating the very members that they were supposed to represent, they must be held accountable. Whether you call it soccer or football, the fans, players and sponsors around the world who love this game should not have to worry about officials corrupting their sport. This case isn’t about soccer, it is about fairness and following the law