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Switzerland’s changing role in the future of sport

  When the Swiss authorities arrested seven FIFA officials on 27 May 2015 in Zurich to face extradition on charges of racketeering and fraud, people were surprised not only that it was happening but where it was happening. But that was not all – almost immediately Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber disclosed that their own […]

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Football needs tough anti-money laundering rules

With the summer ending, football all over Europe is in full swing. The highest player transfer dealings in history have closed and this week the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, one of the world’s richest football competitions, has just kicked off. Yet transparency remains weak in this increasingly rich sector and as a result, […]

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Organised athletes: a critical voice in sports governance

The crisis of confidence in the governance of sport, especially at the global level, has justifiably reached new levels in 2015. The events at FIFA, including the arrests of key officials, continued concerns over human rights abuses in the construction of stadia for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar and the pending […]

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Keeping score at FIFA

As the presidential candidates start jostling to take over from beleaguered Sepp Blatter at FIFA, here I provide an update of my “FIFA Reform Scorecard” to set the stage for evaluating the claims that the process has already started and highlight what is left to do for his potential successors. Blatter has expressed a desire […]

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Подготовке Чемпионата мира по футболу 2018 нужна прозрачность

В 2010 году Российской Федерации было присуждено право проведения Чемпионата мира по футболу 2018 года. После Зимних Олимпийских Игр 2014, Чемпионат мира станет вторым по величине спортивным событием в истории современной России. На проведение мероприятия правительство Российской Федерации утвердило бюджет в 660 млрд. рублей (16 млрд. долл. США).  335 млрд. рублей (8 млрд. долл. США) […]

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The 2018 World Cup in Russia must be transparent

In 2010 Russia was awarded the right to host the next FIFA World Cup. After the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2018 World Cup will become the second major international sports event held in the country in its recent history. The Russian government approved a total budget of 660 billion roubles (US$16 billion) for the […]

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Taking charge of ethics at the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Kuala Lumpur this week to announce the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics (Beijing beat Almaty) and review progress on its 2020 reform agenda among other issues. Pâquerette Girard Zappelli is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and also a member […]

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How do organisations clean up after corruption scandals?

Hisao Tanaka, president of Toshiba Corporation, and two top executives resigned after an independent investigation found that earnings had been improperly inflated by US$1.2 billion under his watch. This blog post is part of a series drawing on articles from the Global Corruption Report: Sport. Simultaneously, FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter announced that he was staying […]

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FIFA reform: suggestions for fair and transparent finances

The resignation of Sepp Blatter as FIFA President on 2 June was swiftly followed by a commitment to immediate governance reform, led by independent chair of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee Domenico Scala. Central to Scala’s mandate will be a review of financial transparency, as well as the proportional representation of influence within FIFA. This […]

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Advocating for FIFA reform – a sponsor´s perspective

There’s so much that’s good about sport. Next to family, I see sport and music as the two most important cultural influences on children. But the difference between the two is that the love of sport, the love of a team, the enjoyment to be derived from it can be shared between generations. It’s very […]

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