FIFA is the world governing body for soccer and has recently been plagued by corruption scandals. Many high-ranking FIFA officials, all over the world, are facing charges for their corruption and greed.
The latest scandal involves $1 million dollars worth of funds that has gone missing from Guatemala’s soccer federation, as reported by Reuters on Jan. 30. An internal audit was commissioned by FIFA after some local officials had been arrested for corruption last month and has revealed that the numbers do not add up.
FIFA deposited a little over $1 million dollars into the Guatemalan soccer federation (Fedefut) in nine deposits from February to October. However, those deposits were never declared to the general assembly that oversees Fedefut nor was the money reported on the federation’s end of year spending.
Both the former president of Fedefut, Brayan Jimenez, and the secretary general, Hector Trujillo were arrested last month and are both denying all charges of corruption. Jimenez is being extradited to the United States to face charges, while Trujillo was recently released from a detention center in Brooklyn on a $4 million dollar bond. He is currently wearing an electronic monitor and under house arrest.
There is no doubt that FIFA’s reputation has been tarnished and now it is desperately trying to save itself by approving extensive reforms across the board. These reforms are aimed at preventing the level of corruption that has come to light in recent months.
FIFA congress will be held on Feb. 29. The congress will meet to elect a new president as well as discuss various changes to improve the organization’s accountability and transparency to the world. FIFA has been hit hard by distrust and disgust with the amount of corruption seen across the globe and only time will tell if they are able to rebuild themselves as an organization that can be trusted.