Football’s governing body FIFA is set to open its annual congress. This is despite warnings from sponsors that they may review their relationship with them over the arrest of senior officials on corruption charges.
Visa has already assured that it will reassess its sponsorship unless FIFA makes changes and Coca-Cola and Adidas have also voiced concern. The European football body UEFA will decide whether to boycott Friday’s vote for the next FIFA president.
Seven top FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges on Wednesday. FIFA provisionally banned from football-related activity 11 of the 14 people charged. They are accused of racketeering, fraud and money laundering, including charges of accepting bribes to influence the outcome of bids to stage football tournaments, such as the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2016 Copa America in the US.
More in this BBC report.