Anti-corruption watchdog cuts ties with FIFA
KIEV, UKRAINE (AP) - Global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has ended its working relationship with FIFA because past allegations of wrongdoing in world soccer won’t be investigated.
“They neglected our recommendations,” Schenk said in a telephone interview. “I can’t understand it. I’m just wondering what happened from one day to another. … It is all the better that we are not a member of it.”
FIFA declined comment on Thursday.
Schenk and Swiss bribery expert Mark Pieth have advised FIFA this year after President Sepp Blatter pledged zero tolerance of corruption following a series of scandals surrounding World Cup bidding contests and the election campaign of his only challenger Mohamed bin Hammam.
Pieth ruled out investigating previous scandals, though he acknowledged they should be examined.
Blatter has been under pressure to improve FIFA’s battered image after four members of his 24-man executive committee were banned or resigned in the past year following allegations made during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
When asked if the decision to award those tournaments to Russia and Qatar should be studied again, Blatter told a German newspaper this month that it could happen if Schenk or Pieth advised FIFA it was necessary.
“For us, it is essential to look into the past and get into the allegations,” Schenk said Thursday.
Transparency International rules prohibit signing contracts to be paid by clients, Schenk said.
“They don’t need to have a contract, they just need remuneration for their expenses,” Schenk said.