FIFA President, the Honorable Joseph Blatter, holding a code of
ethics brochure. Apparently, two executive committee members
did not read it.
FIFA will vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup winning bids on Thursday, 2 December. A dark shadow hangs over this decision; namely, two high-ranking members who were just sanctioned. Both have been banned, which is historic. Their two potentially pivotal votes will not be replaced; consequently, 22 votes are scheduled to be cast on 2 December from FIFA House in Zurich, Switzerland.
According to The Guardian on 18 Nov. 2010, "One of Fifa's most senior figures has become the first official from the organisation ever to be banned for bribery after six officials were punished following a corruption scandal.UPDATE
Nigeria's Amos Adamu received a three-year ban and 10,000 Swiss franc (£6,341) fine from Fifa's ethics committee today after being found guilty of breaching bribery rules. His fellow executive committee member Reynald Temarii (Tahiti) was suspended for a year and fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,170) for breaching rules on loyalty and confidentiality."
According to 4-4-2 on Nov. 30, 2010, Mr. Temarii has appealed his ban; consequently, his vote will not be replaced by David Chung from Papua, New Guinea.
FIFA Executive Committee
"The Executive Committee consists of a President, elected by the Congress in the year following a FIFA World Cup™, eight vice-presidents and 15 members, appointed by the confederations and associations. It meets at least twice a year, with the mandate for each member lasting four years, and its role includes determining the dates, locations and format of tournaments, appointing FIFA delegates to the IFAB and electing and dismissing the General Secretary on the proposal of the FIFA President. (Art. 30 and 31 of the Statutes)."
There are now seven Vice Presidents and 14 members.
|Joseph S. BLATTER||Switzerland|
|Senior Vice President|
|Julio H. GRONDONA||Argentina|
|CHUNG Mong Joon||Korea Republic|
|Jack A. WARNER||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Ángel María VILLAR LLONA||Spain|
|Ricardo Terra TEIXEIRA||Brazil|
|Mohamed BIN HAMMAM||Qatar|
|Jacques ANOUMA||Côte d'Ivoire|
|Hany ABO RIDA||Egypt|
|Jérôme VALCKE|| France|
Quoted text and names courtesy of FIFA.com.
Mr. Valcke does not have a vote.
FIFA Ethics Committee Chairman, Claudio Sulser, is a lawyer
“For as long as I am in the Ethics Committee,” he said at a media conference, “we will have a zero-tolerance policy for all violations of standards...The damage done to FIFA is very great. We don’t want cheaters, we don’t want doping, we don’t want abuses to be accepted.”
"Sulser did not find corroborative evidence that Qatar, bidding for the 2022 World Cup hosting rights, had traded votes with Spain and Portugal, who are bidding to stage the 2018 event as a joint enterprise."
Source: New York Times, Nov. 19, 2010, Rob Hughes.
Bidders for World Cup 2018
Bidders for World Cup 2022
The Voting Process (With 22 voters)
- "To win the right to host the competition, a bidder must obtain an absolute majority (50% + 1) of the votes of the FIFA Executive Committee members present
- In the event of a tie when only two bidders remain, the FIFA President will have the casting vote."
Recent History of World Cup Hosts
2002: Japan/South Korea (first in Asia)
2010: South Africa (first in Africa)
2014: Brazil (who last hosted in 1950)
Upon analyzing the voting members and bidding countries, a few things stood out to me.
- Twenty-two different countries are represented on the Executive Committee.
- Nine votes are held by representatives from UEFA (Europe).
- Four votes are held by representatives from Asia.
- Three votes are held by representatives from Africa.
- Three votes are held by representatives from South America.
- Three votes are held by representatives from CONCACAF (North/Central America.)
- No votes are held by representatives from Oceania.
- No votes are held by representatives from Italy or Mexico who have hosted four World Cups.
- No votes are held by representatives from Australia, Portugal or The Netherlands. All other bidding nations are represented.
- All of the 2018 bids are from UEFA.
- None of the 2022 bids are from UEFA.
- Twelve votes (11 + 1) are needed to win each bid.
- President Blatter will cast a potential tie-breaking vote.
Russia 4/5 to win the 2018 bid.
Qatar 4/9 to win the 2022 bid.
South Korea (40/1).
Source: William Hill, 24 November 2010.
Interview with Prof. Dennis Coates, author of "World Cup Economics."
A contrarian view on the US bid.
Interview with Andrew Jennings of Transparency in Sport. He was involved in the recent BBC Panoroma program and has investigated FIFA in the past.
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