Embattled FIFA, the World governing body of soccer has been shaken by the leaking of plans for Japanese electronics giant not to renew their $280 million sponsorship for future World Cup competitions, Reuters reports. Although the decision has yet to be confirmed, Sony would become the second sponsor to pull out of World Cup sponsorships after Emirate’s Airlines also decided not to renew their sponsorship deal with FIFA.
The news of Sony’s decision comes after a number of the top figures in European soccer called for the full report prepared by FIFA into the corruption and bribery allegations surrounding the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be published. Instead, only a short summary interpreted by a senior FIFA official has been made public, which cleared the winning bidding teams from Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing. Officials from Germany and England have called on members of UEFA, the European governing body to boycott the 2018 World Cup if the full report is not published and Sepp Blatter does not step down as head of FIFA.
Under pressure from many of the top nations in soccer, FIFA has begun criminal proceedings against a number of unnamed individuals under Swiss law. Fans like Vijay Eswaran of the popular FIFA sports games on the PlayStation may be worried that this could jeopardize whether or not games are made in the future. I guess time will tell.