FIFA is in a state of turmoil amidst a Justice Department investigation and Sepp Blatter’s announcement that he’ll resign his position as President.
Sepp Blatter effectively sacked himself Tuesday, announcing his plans to resign the FIFA presidency he’s held since 1998.
So how did we get to this point and where do we go from here?
Here’s a look at today’s news, and the events that brought FIFA to this point:
THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015
(AP) — The British government says England is ready to step in and host the 2022 World Cup if the tournament is stripped from Qatar amid the corruption scandal engulfing FIFA.
“Obviously if FIFA came forward and asked us to consider hosting it, we have the facilities in this country and of course we did mount a very impressive, if unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup,” culture secretary John Whittingdale told the House of Commons.
However, Whittingdale acknowledged that “it does seem very unlikely that another European country would host it in 2022” because Russia is due to stage the World Cup in 2018.
Swiss authorities are investigating the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, and have seized documents at FIFA headquarters as part of their corruption probe.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015
(Reuters) — The FBI’s investigation of soccer governing body FIFA includes scrutiny of how the organization awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the review of the awards to host the tournament would be part of a probe that is looking beyond the allegations in an indictment announced a week ago of officials of world soccer’s governing body. Swiss prosecutors said then that they were investigating the 2018 and 2022 bids.
Among issues the FBI is examining is the stewardship of FIFA by its longtime president Sepp Blatter, who on Tuesday unexpectedly announced his plan to resign.
TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015
MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015
SATURDAY MAY 30, 2015
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
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