ABC News reports the governing body of world soccer, FIFA, has been thrown into chaos by an American investigation into corruption that has become public just days before a Presidential vote is due to take place. The scandal comes just days before current President Sepp Blatter is due to face Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for the coveted role of leader of FIFA, a position Blatter has held for the last four terms. The European governing body, UEFA are to hold an informal meeting today to decide whether to call for the Presidential election to be called off amid the corruption scandal.
Many of the problems the US based investigation into FIFA have uncovered revolve around the voting process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups according to Susan McGalla. Host countries Russia and Qatar both won the right to hold a World Cup in a vote that many believed to be corrupt and placed soccer giants England, the US and Australia on the brink of leaving FIFA. The world governing body has concluded that the World Cups awarded to both Russia and Qatar will take place in those countries, but the reputation of FIFA and the World Cup has already been tarnished by the latest allegations of corruption inside the controversial soccer group.